Hermione Gibbs, University of Glamorgan 2013 The Patterns of Fashion Award
Hermione Gibbs won 2013 Patterns of Fashion Award with her reconstruction of 1660-5 Bodice.
Alistair McArthur (head of Costume for Royal Shakespeare Company) commented:
‘I felt that Hermione had really developed her skills throughout this piece to produce a truly remarkable achievement in hand sewing, construction and concentration. She had been unable to handle or accurately photograph the original and therefore had to discover the correct processes through detective work and by using her own initiative. I was impressed by how she had referenced men’s’ construction during the period. I also loved the fact that she’d done two toiles to make sure she had it right and that, if she were to remake it, she’d keep it in a pillowcase to protect it.
Her accompanying folders displayed ingenuity, care and consistency. The inner corset construction alone was well documented and thorough. I was impressed with her practical approach to her tight budget. Nothing was sacrificed by making the bodice in calico with satin trim. The line was beautiful and I also liked that she hadn’t chosen a ‘pretty’ costume, but one upon which success would rely solely upon her techniques. If you’d placed this inside a glass case, I’m sure it could have passed for an original garment. I felt that she would have had a go at this even if it wasn’t for a competition; just to see if she could do it. For all of these reasons, I felt that she was the winning finalist.’