This past week I had the good fortune to attend a presentation at Historic Jamestowne: "As I Lay Dying" by Jen Malcom-Davies and Ninya Mikhaila from Tudor Tailor. The presentation was creatively done as a conversation between two friends about the sumptuary laws passed by Queen Elizabeth I. This format made it very easy to follow and understand. I greatly enjoyed myself!
I had been roughly introduced to these ladies and their research by a friend from my undergrad studies and as someone now who is very interested in the history of clothing I greatly enjoyed the presentation. Then, to the delight of my coworkers and myself Davies and Mikhaila came to our shop at Virginia Shakespeare Festival and gave us all an up close look at their recreations and some much loved question and answer time.
Seeing the pieces up close was so fascinating as well as learning about the research that both Davies and Mikhaila have and are doing. Most were made of worsted (wool) so I kept my hands to myself. Still, it was such a great experience.
I suggest to any new costumer to go to as many talks, demonstrations, or even one on one time with as many professionals as you can. You never know what conversation with whom will spark a new idea or allow you to finally figure out the trick to making something perfect. Gain as much experience as you can and then gain some more.
A big thank you to the ladies of Tudor Tailor for coming to visit and allowing us clothing and history nerds to take pictures of their garments.