Meet Our Ambassadors!

3 March 2015

Olexandra Solomka, Lauren Martin and Caroline Hamilton

Olexandra Solomka

To introduce myself briefly, my name is Olexandra Solomka, and I am a South-London based twenty-three year old. I have just received my Masters from the London College of Fashion, in the History and Culture of Fashion, and my day job is in wholesale womenswear production. With my academic and professional background, it is safe to say I have an inclination, and interest, towards clothing, fashion, dress and costume.

I’ve always enjoyed drawing the connections between culture and dress, as the fashions of a time period speak volumes about the society they were coveted in, hence why I jumped at the chance to become a Costume Society Ambassador.
My enjoyment of researching, and writing about dress and costume is not purely academic, I’m hoping my blogging and journalistic experience will allow me to post articles that are full of information, as well as being interesting to read.

Lauren Martin

Hello! My name is Lauren and I hail from Melbourne, Australia, where I initially trained as a costume maker. I now work principally as a milliner, having spent five years in the London studio of hat designer Philip Treacy, where I had wonderful insight into the world of couture fashion, not to mention watching fashion history being created right before my eyes. I’m now in Nottingham, and very eager to publicise anything happening around the East Midlands, an area rich in textile history.

Having worked in a niche field such as millinery, but with a strong interest in the history of costume and textiles, I’m increasingly fascinated in obscure manufacturing industries that have disappeared or are in danger of doing so. I also collect vintage haberdashery and textiles, and I find the social history associated with these industries as fascinating as the products and fashions themselves. Above all though, I’m looking forward to a year of being involved with like-minded people who share this enthusiasm for fashion history!

Caroline Hamilton

I am an Australian born freelance dance and costume historian. I studied textile at school and initially trained as a costume maker working with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada. I now specialise in costumes and history of early twentieth century ballet. I was an historical consultant for Alexei Ratmansky’s reinterpretation of Diaghilev’s 1921 production of The Sleeping Princess for American Ballet Theatre and Le Coq d’Or (The Golden Cockerel) for The Royal Danish Ballet. I also worked as researcher and writer for the Pavlova 2012 project culminating in the publication of Anna Pavlova, A Twentieth Century Ballerina, for which I was researcher and a contributor. I have a Master's degree in Australian History from King’s College London and love to use dance and costume as a lens for examining social and political history. I hope to bring, in this role, my knowledge and experience in the history and construction of theatrical costumes to a wider audience.

Olexandra Solomka, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Olexandra Solomka, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Lauren Martin, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Lauren Martin, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Caroline Hamilton, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

Caroline Hamilton, Costume Society Ambassador 2015

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