Image: Zack Pinsent, (c) Alun Callender.
Due to social distancing, our next Selvedge event – Getting Dressed, on Wednesday 27 May – will take place via the video calling platform Zoom. Our presenters will be Kiki Smith, Susannah Buxton and Zack Pinsent, who will all present on historical dress, giving us an insight into their careers and their period of interest. Everyone who joins will be able to ask questions during a Q&A, from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Kiki Smith is a teacher and a professional costume and set designer. She designs for regional theatres and choreographers, including the Talking Band in New York and Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, Massachusetts, where she is a founding member. Smith won a Village Voice OBIE award for her designs for the Talking Band's 2003 premiere of Ellen Maddow's A Painted Snake in a Painted Chair, directed by her colleague Paul Zimet. She earned an A.B. from Smith College in 1971 and has a master's from the University of Virginia and a MA in theatre design from the University of Texas.
Susannah Buxton is one of the UK's leading costume designers with over 30 years’ experience. Some of her most prominent projects include Downton Abbey, Poldark, Burton and Taylor and Mr Wroe's Virgins. On top of a BAFTA and EMMY award she has received two Royal Television Society Awards and a Costume Designers Guild (USA) Award. She will be talking about her role designing the costumes for Downton Abbey and its challenges.
Image: Gabriella Wilde as Caroline Penvenen in the 2015 BBC adaptation of Poldark, Mammoth Screen.
Zack Pinsent, founder and owner of Pinsent Tailoring, is known for dressing in Regency clothing every day; his own creations which he tailors and makes by hand. His bespoke tailoring service strives for historical accuracy and has an impressive online following, recently catching the attention of the BBC. His insight into wearing, designing and making historical dress not only embodies technical skill and historical knowledge but a lifestyle and, for our event, he will be taking us through his experience of getting dressed. Zack is profiled in our latest issue, Issue 94: Earth.
Getting Dressed, Wednesday 27 May 2020, 6-8pm, London. For more information and to book tickets visit Talks.