Jennie graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2019 with a BA Honours degree in Costume for Theatre, Television and Film.
During her time there, she learned and improved upon a variety of practical skills including the construction of complex period costumes, corsetry, milinery, tailoring, body paddings, stretch and pattern cutting, both flat and on the stand. Working on school productions in both an assisting and supervisory role has given her a wealth of experience in the managing and maintenance of theatre productions: the 2018 BOVTS production of Dracula at the Loco Klub in Bristol Temple Meads was an exercise in diligent costume maintenance in a difficult venue.
Her experiences at the school led her to develop her already keen interest in the world of historical costume by allowing her the opportunities to draft, cut and construct a variety of period costumes for men and women. Her enthusiasm for historical costume led to a number of successful placements within industry environments with companies such as the Tudor Tailor, Angels, the Scottish Opera, Beamish Living History Museum and many more. She further fostered her historical knowledge by researching and writing a dissertation entitled 'A Delicate Condition: The Evolution of Maternity Wear 1485-1901'.
In her final year, Jennie was awarded the 'Diana Kite Award' for showing exceptional commitment and flair in her studies.
In her spare time, Jennie enjoys creating and wearing historical costumes in their correct setting, both for herself and others with interests in re-enactment. When she grows up, she would love nothing more than to work in a workroom, making beautiful period costumes all day long.
To see her latest work, be sure to check out her CV and other projects!