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Julia Deane

Costume Tailor

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I specialise in period tailoring and have a long-term goal to work in stage, screen and re-enactment. I have a passion for detail and the reimagining of historical garments, enjoying the extensive research required to achieve historically accurate results. In addition to tailoring, my skills include leather work, embroidery and knitting, all of which I intend to continue to develop throughout my career.

WWI Officer Service Dress

A Personal project Inspired by the National Theatres’ ’‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’.
The aim, to authentically replicate the uniform of an Officer from the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles. Working from original 1914  drafting instructions, coupled with extensive research in partnership with military historians, and the hands on study of original uniforms.

Photography by Jon Devo



Theatre Sound Full Service Dress Coat in Khaki Whipcord (accessories, models own)
Theatre Sound Wool jodhpurs made with hand dyed Bedford Cord (boots, model's own.
Theatre Sound Detail of cuff with leather trim and hand dyed lace braid.
Theatre Sound Inside detail of leather fob for securing a pocket watch.
Theatre Sound Metal ‘Collar dogs’ digitally reproduced by David Valle, jeweler.


The brief for this project was to replicate the costume of Cherubino from Glyndebourne Opera’s 1994 production of Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’. Designer John Gunter.

Portrayed in the 18th Century in response to the opera’s 18th century origins.

Photography by Barry McDonald

Theatre Sound Wool and cashmere Frock coat with two piece fall collar, back vents and working cuffs.
Theatre Sound Wool felt tricorn hat, constructed in two pieces and trimmed with matching petersham
Theatre Sound Wool and cashmere Frock coat and jaquard waistcoat.
Theatre Sound Fall front Breeches in wool with hidden hip pockets.
Theatre Sound White linen shirt with neck band, stock and frilled button cuffs

18th Century Embroidery

A project to explore embroidery, by creating a single panel for an 18th Century waistcoat of the type that might be worn by Count Almivia in Le Nozze di Figaro.

The inspiration was from a panel displayed at the V & A museum in London and an original waistcoat from a private collection .

Photography by Barry McDonald

Embroidered with Silk thread on Silk Dupion fabric. Embroidered with Silk thread on Silk Dupion fabric.
Embroidered pocket flap detail with a combination of Tambour work and Embroidery Embroidered pocket flap detail with a combination of Tambour work and Embroidery

Jackie Kennedy Project

A 2nd Year project to create a 1960’s ladies tailored suit and hat, of the style made famous by Jackie Kennedy  Design by Guilia Pecorari.

Made in plaid wool cloth and fully lined, Completed with original 1960’s buttons

Photography by Julia Deane

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People of the Abyss

Designer Arabella Ockenden

This University project was to research, draft and construct a jacket and trousers for the character of American journalist Jack London as portrayed in the production of People of the Abyss and performed by RCSSD students in a ‘Parkour’ or ‘Freerunning’ style.


Flexibility in construction of the costume, to facilitate the extreme movements of the performance, whilst maintaining the appearance of early 20th Century clothing.

Requirement for ‘breaking down’ to reflect the extreme poverty of the period and location.

Production photos by Patrick Baldwin Production photos by Patrick Baldwin
The character of Jack London from People of the Abyss The character of Jack London from People of the Abyss
Theatre Sound Completed jacket.
Theatre Sound Jacket after breaking down.
Theatre Sound Hand padstitching.
Theatre Sound Padstitched collar.
Theatre Sound Double welt pocket.