I have been head down doing the work, not reporting on the work of late. Have not managed the promised steady stream of updates. But doing the work is after all the most important bit, right? Of course it is. We now have 115 fabulous pieces available on Victorian Collections. It is sooooo hard, Read More

In the latter part of 2017 Brighton Historical Society was thrilled to receive a Local History Grant from the Public Records Office Victoria. The project is to catalogue a substantial selection of the most important pieces of its costume collection onto Museums Victoria’s Victorian Collections data base. Laura Jocic and I are honoured and, Read More

This lovely simple brooch was inherited from my late grand mother a few years ago. She was a woman of modest means but she loved to dress up when an occasion presented itself. Whilst this is a modest 1950’s piece I find it rather charming. When I received it was missing one diamanté with, Read More

Here we are again! The next in line of my shoe renovation projects. If you didn’t read the last post, here is a brief recap… I recently set myself the challenge of renovating some modern, locally sourced shoes into looks that are reminiscent of the 1920’s. With costume projects getting the right shoes to, Read More

  The Inner Truth Project is a complicated passion project that I am dabbling with. To save repeating myself I have provided a description of the project over here. After completing this first portrait I have had a number of people put their hand up to be involved in the project. As I go, Read More

This is a project I actually completed a little while ago. I was putting together a gallery of my work and whoops (!), discovered that when I had transferred my blog across from “The Art of Costume” this post had not come with it. So this is a reiteration, please forgive if you have, Read More

You should have seen Juliet’s face when I turned up on her doorstep, candy pink satin corset in hand. (Imagine in your head as you read this a very charming Scottish / Australian accent)… “Really?…. A corset! Well yes, but candy pink satin?…Are you sure?” “Trust me!” I say… and trust me she did., Read More

Fashion. Its trivial, frippery. Right? Hmm, No. Fashion may seem trivial but clothing’s ability to transform a person, and communicate a message is something most powerful and deeply rooted in human culture and psychology. Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, now a major multi award winning film starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth,, Read More

Over the last two years Jo Jenkinson has quietly but doggedly worked away on her new book ‘The Lure of The Beach’ a history of sea bathing in Brighton. Published with the aid of a Local History Grant from The Victorian State Government, it relates stories including the days of the early horse drawn, Read More

Yup! You guessed Photobomb Friday has had a name change! Two reasons, firstly I’m loosening up my schedule, so it may not be Friday… secondly there is no random person sticking their head in the back here making bunny ears. Though that might be cute! So it is Colour Crush #15 Liquid Art Best, Read More