For Theatrical, Period Costume and Bespoke Bridal Wear
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
Shirley Eborn Theatrical Costume and Bespoke Bridal Wear Maker
Many people who seek vintage find that it is not for
them when it comes to wearing it. Whilst countless adore vintage, some
find it just too precious to wear and still others don't like the idea
of wearing clothes that someone else has worn before them. Having
your period costume or bridal wear made for you may be the answer. Let me introduce site visitors to the gifted costume
maker and theatrical tailor Shirley Eborn. Shirley is one of the
finest makers of quality theatrical costumes and bespoke bridal wear within the UK.
It's often practical
for her to make costumes for clients elsewhere in UK and even globally.
One of Shirley's qualifications is a BA Honours degree
in Costume Interpretation from Wimbledon School of Art. She is a costumier specialising in theatrical and period costume and bespoke bridal wear. Add to
this a fine work resume and you can easily
describe Shirley as creative, clever and competent. She can work with you
to create an original costume piece or a bespoke
bridal dress. Images of
speak for themselves and some are featured here and on Shirley's own web
You may have a particular costume
design prepared, or want an authentic reproduction of a costume
featured in a photograph or painting. Well Shirley can turn
that two dimensional image into three dimensional reality.
The costume above is a marvellous interpretation of the famous painting
Commissions from Shirley Eborn -
Shirley Eborn has 2 websites and at her first website Shirley has a page explaining types of
commissions that she can deal with. You need to read her
page to find out more about costing, individual discussions, timings and
fittings. For those unlikely to be satisfied by wearing vintage
purchases, Shirley deals with several main areas of costume making covering period costume, theatrical costume,
bespoke bridal wear and
fancy dress costume.
Bespoke Bridal Dress Service
On her second website Shirley Eborn recognises your
wedding is a very special day and she offers a personal yet professional
service to design and create a wedding dress tailored to your needs and
fulfilling your wishes. Shirley's bridal design site is at
and has more detail on bespoke bridal dresses and bespoke corsetry
Shirley can make costumes for every occasion from
theatrical needs to Re-enactment to themed weddings with bespoke bridal wear to fancy dress.
Themed medieval weddings are currently a choice of many brides.
Theatrical Costumes for the Stage and Film
This lovely cerise tutu above is one of Shirley's own designs for Stravinsky's
"Firebird" featuring an entrance mask and headdress.
Shirley Eborn is an expert in everything from corsets and
crinolines to bustles to wings, including the movement and fit
requirements of ballet costumes.
On the left
we see all of this lovely costume for
an Edwardian showgirl costume.
Here on the right
adjusts the wings of a costume making sure the wings are balanced whilst
appearing lightweight yet fragile, but strong enough to cope with dance
Whilst the above is a theatrical costume Shirley can accommodate designs
Many children love dressing up and if you want something different from
"off-the peg" costumes available on the High Street then she can make
that a reality.
If you have a musical Shirley can work with you to devise costumes for
the production, but do remember that this is a bespoke service and will
18th Century Costume and Corsets.
costume, whether reproduction or vintage is improved by wearing the
correct underwear and the correct boning and inner support.
Shirley is a master at giving a costume the inner
support that makes the structure move exactly into the era for which she
More examples of corsets can be seen at Shirley's own
pages and at her new bridal website here -
Shirley's resume is extensive so for this I suggest
you visit her websites where you can read and see the variety of work she
has done. By profession, Shirley is a costumier specialising in theatrical and period costume and bespoke bridal wear.
Her career expertise varies from
Costume supervisor for European Chamber Opera performances of Don Pasquale,
Tosca and Cosi Fan Tutte; to costume maker of elf costumes for Santa-Holidays.com
to demonstrator of corset making at the Victoria and Albert Museum as
part of the Vivienne Westwood exhibition.
I know I'd trust Shirley
to make a costume for me as I'm a fussy Madame! More importantly I
would trust her to make a wedding gown. Her new website
With thanks to
Shirley Eborn -
costume maker for her cooperation in providing the images for making this page which I know will
delight fashion-era readers.
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