Tuesday, 27 March 2012

A Career in Costume - Hannah Lobelson

A friend of mine recently gave me a cut-out of the 'Work Life' column published in Stylist magazine: an interesting article on Hannah Lobelson's work day, as wardrobe manager at the Shakespeare's Globe in London - so I'm also sharing it here with all my fellow costume enthusiasts!

Each week Stylist features a different career, offering insight into the daily routines of other working women. It's always good to know what your dream career will actually entail (as glamorous as it may seem in your head!), and this article has lots of info on the real workings of a costume department at such a world-famous theatre.

hannah lobelson

"I still love clothes and I think it’s important for someone in my profession to dress in a way that shows I know about cut, shape and colour, so after waking up at 6.30am, I make a cup of green tea, shower and take my time getting dressed."

First impressions are important, especially in a professional environment. I had never thought of it this way before, but for someone working with clothes, styling someone else (whether it be in period costume or contemporary clothing) it is necessary to convey a fashion consciousness. But that doesn't mean following the crowd and buying outfits straight off the mannequins in Topshop! Oh no! Highlight your individuality and create a look that is your own - only then will you feel completely comfortable with the clothes you're in.

 "A typical production has 80 to 100 costumes, as usually each of the 15 actors has more than one change. The five musicians and three theatre managers wear costumes too."

Many people don't realise the work that goes into costume design and making, in fact some people don't even realise such a thing exists! Nevertheless, no expense is spared in including miniscule details for costumes at large-scale theatres. Unlike film, we never see a costume close-up at the theatre, but all those tiny embellishments - beading, sequins, delicate hand embroidery - are what makes them so awe-inspiring on stage, glistening in the spotlights.
The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Globe, 2010
"These costumes are really valuable, worth about £10,000 each."
Read the full article here.

(For anyone who hasn't heard of this magazine before, it's a women's fashion magazine distributed across the UK on a Wednesday, a great read, and free! - see Stylist.co.uk for more details.)

Friday, 23 March 2012

That Circus Look - Water for Elephants

Set during America's Great Depression, 'Water For Elephants' (Lawrence, 2011) gives us a story of love and adventure, with a stunning visual backdrop of 1930s circus life.

Jacqueline West did a fantastic job with the costumes for this film. Her use of colour and pattern is wonderfully inspiring and works perfectly with the set design - in fact both West and Jack Fist won Satellite Awards for Costume Design and Art Direction/Production Design respectively. Take a look at some stills...

Wednesday, 21 March 2012


Here we are, at the starting point for the production of the first ever collection for the Showtime Stitches shop!!

I have chosen the theme of CIRCUS - the most spectacular, awe-inspiring genre of performance that has been around for centuries.

Here are few images I am using as inspiration....

I will be posting regular updates on the design and making process, so keep an eye out!

Do you have a favourite circus photo? Any inspiring images with this theme? Share them in the comments!

Sunday, 18 March 2012


Welcome to the Showtime Stitches blog!

I've loved textiles and handmade crafts for a long time now, and I thought it was finally time I started making my own. As a costume-designer-in-training I am constantly inspired by performance and spectacle - dance, theatre, film...

In this blog, I'll be documenting the process of designing and making handmade goods for Showtime Stitches, as well as posting about things that inspire and interest me in the world of textiles and performance.

Showtime Stitches is a small online business, selling handmade goods inspired by all elements of performance, from circus to ballet. I'll be selling bags, purses, keyrings amongst other things, at my Etsy shop, available here .

I hope you enjoy reading this blog, have a look at my shop if you have time too!