Ages Of Elegance Historical Costumes, Sartorial Fashion and Bridalwear
From having the most stylish dolls of childhood to mannequins in museums Dawn’s clothing has dressed bodies throughout the world. Although trained as a fashion designer but with a passion for the history of clothing, the move into costume was a natural progression.
Moving to London to work at famed costume house Berman and Nathan’s. Along with a stint at the Royal Opera House and Morris Angels before becoming freelance
She says “I’ve worked on some amazing projects over the years. I’ve sent patterns in the diplomatic bag to the British Ambassador in Uzbekistan. Created the replica 17th century bodyguard for the King of Norway . Made a copy of Nelson’s Uniform that went on display at St Paul’s cathedral. Reproduced 18th century clothing for Kensington Palace. Display and education department items for The Royal Armouries and other museums. She has worked on numerous films and plays, as a designer and costume maker. As well as being voted best lingerie designer in the 2007 UUFA awards, and nominated 3 times as best designer in Leeds in the Retail Awards with her fashion label”.
Dawn has also production managed a number of New Generation designers for a couple of seasons, such as Preen and TataNaka, before moving back to Yorkshire.
She now runs her own fashion business alongside the historical clothing and bridalwear. Also setting up Leeds social enterprise Fabrication Crafts, supporting other designers and teaches sewing and costume making