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Amalia Jacket and 18th century dress ups

Georgian Shenanigans in the Wairarapa

Five years ago on Labour Weekend Stella, Priscilla and I threw up our heels and scampered off to New Plymouth, to play with deer, and dress up in Edwardian costumes, and take lots of photos. This year we decided that five years was far too long, and it was time we did it again – but in Georgian!

Costume Showcase at Toi Whakaari

Watch Toi Whakaari’s Costume Showcase live tonight!

I teach Costume Construction at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. In their first year of study students in the department learn, among other things: core sewing techniques; workshop practice; patternmaking; hatmaking; dyeing, printing and finishing techniques; costume history, and the costume design process. By the end of Term 3 (out of 4) they will have made: a boned historical undergarment; a multi-part historical dress using theatrical techniques; a wired buckram hat; various accessories that utilise dyeing and printing techniques; and a pattern and completed garment which they have developed from a sloper. In their second year of study students build on these skills, learning: advanced millinery; advanced corsetry; tailoring; costume for dance (often making costumes for the Royal NZ Ballet); and EVA & Worbla skills. In addition they do industry secondments and learn how to manage wardrobes for stage and screen productions. At the same time these graduating students are asked to choose a costume design (it can be an actual costume design, a painting, concept art, etc.) to bring to life as faithfully …