Working on the new Bridgerton spin-off has been an ‘utter joy’ for the Sussex costume designer

Sussex-based costume designer Liz Poole in her studio

Liz, who has a studio in Ditchling, said: “Working on Queen Charlotte has been a complete joy. It was almost twelve full months of work. So a nice long project for my team and me. Costume designer Lyn Paolo and her assistant Laura Frecon, along with the entire design team, were a wonderfully creative and talented team to work with.

“Designs and fabrics are sent to us by the design team. I will then discuss with the designer her ideas for the dress. The designer will read the script. They will have chosen fabrics based on the mood of the occasion and the character.

“If any of the fabrics needed beading it would have been done in the design studios before being sent to us at our workshop in Ditchling. We would then make the dress to a place where it was ready to be fitted.

“I would go to the studio to adapt the actresses. After fitting in our workroom, we would finish the dress and fabricate and apply any necessary decorations. We would then have a control fitting where Lyn and Laura would choose all the jewelry and accessories to style and finalize the look. Most of the dresses we worked on would take between 80 and 100 hours of work!

“In addition to making suits, I have a brand of upholstery fabrics called Velvet Linen. We have just launched our Winter Collection in natural linen.

“It’s a collection I’m very proud of, as the fabric was inspired by the flowers in my garden last winter, including dried hydrangeas and ivy.

“There are of course our lovely square cushions for which Velvet Linen has become known, as well as a collection of table settings including a table runner, placemat and napkins.

“I am particularly excited about them as they have been designed and perform very well for the upcoming winter months and Christmas celebrations.

“I use the table runner to decorate our table every day. The full collection and a floral arrangement are wonderful for winter dining and entertaining, then a full Christmas style with candles and studded fruit cloves for Christmas Day would be wonderfully charming.

Liz announced the launch of her new collections of Cottage Garden cushions and duvets in September.

“Part of the Velvet Linen Original collection and inspired by the elegance and tradition of cottage gardens, this beautiful range is handcrafted using the iconic Liberty Lady Kristina fabric which features an abundance of florals, roses , greenery and an ode to nature.

“Available in natural linen or rich silvery blue velvet, the collection includes a sumptuous duvet and three cushions in different sizes and is the perfect addition to any home creating a country house feel in any space.

“My cottage garden in the heart of the Sussex countryside has always been an inspiration to me, and one day while researching I came across some beautiful garden designs by Gertrude Jekyll, I thought of how wonderful it would be to make a collection that embodied the feel of a cottage garden while being flexible enough to work in many types of home, whether it was an elegant townhouse or a country idyll. country.

“The duvet is a lovely addition to any bed as it has the look of a plush comforter. It also looks just as stunning draped over the back of the sofa, giving instant charm.


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