A Golden Year For Historical Costumiers

 Jan 28, 2015

It’s promising to be a very busy year for our historical costumier Helen McArdle. Not only is it the 200th anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo but also the 600th anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt.

Helen is already working on a number of costumes, including drummer boys’ coats, waistcoats, trousers and shirts, for local re-enactors preparing for Battle of Waterloo festivities taking place in June.

There are also potential opportunities to work on The Battle of Agincourt celebrations taking place across the region from October, most of which are being spearheaded by The Berry Theatre and its exciting Agincourt 600 project.

The Hedge End theatre will be at the centre of celebrations in the Hamble peninsula to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.

Agincourt 600 will see organisations from across Hampshire uniting to commemorate the anniversary, focussing on the important role the county played in the lead up to the battle.

The project will see the theatre collaborate with a variety of organisations to produce three different performances marking the anniversary.

“It promises to be a very exciting year,” said Helen. “A good time for historical costumiers!”

Helen is a graduate of Wimbledon School of Art, has worked in theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has an MA in historical textile and dress. She is also a member of the Hampshire Regency Dancers who have a reputation for historically accurate costume. Helen has created costumes for museums, theatre, re-enactors and dancers. She is notable for her hats and male costume specialism.

Check out Helen's Facebook page here