Guest Teachers 2015 Announced!

We are excited to finally announce our guest teachers for Costume College 2015!

This year we wanted to offer TWO guest teachers in order to present the breadth of fabric manipulation – one that would specialize in modern materials and one that would specialize in traditional materials. We managed to achieve this feat and bring you two masters in their respective fields.

JaneShowsPetticoatThe Tudor Tailor team is headed by Ninya Mikhaila and Dr Jane Malcolm-Davies, whose complementary skills provide a unique perspective on 16th century dress. Ninya is a costumier with many years experience working for heritage sites in the UK. Jane has managed teams of costumed interpreters at a range of historic buildings – including Hampton Court Palace from 1992 to 2004. Together, they wrote The Tudor Tailor in 2006 and are currently working on an update entitled The Typical Tudor. They collaborate with other specialists to publish books which paint a vivid picture of the social history of dress. The Tudor Tailor will be offering a special program featuring an unlimited presentation of The Tudor Wardrobe dressing demonstration and four limited workshops especially devised to focus on the Henrician to early Elizabethan eras, including a class specifically about fabric manipulation for historical dress. For more information about The Tudor Tailor, please visit


Amanda2Amanda Irwin is a master costumer who’s been attending conventions since 2002 and shows no signs of stopping. She picked up photography in 2005 so she could document the fantastic work happening around her and found it was even more fun than running around dressed like an evil space alien. When she’s not photographing she spends her conventions educating people about the amazing wonders of thermoplastics, especially Worbla and Kobracast, and loves learning new techniques with every new costume. She loves millinery, needlefelting, interference paint, sfx makeup, and helping troubleshoot other people’s costume construction issues. Amanda will be offering us two unlimited classes and three limited workshops, which focus on modern and alternative materials for costuming.

All of our teachers are offering amazing classes you won’t want to miss and you’ll definitely want to tell your friends! See you there!

Rebecca Howard
Dean, Costume College 2015

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