Hello, my name is Nivera Gilbert, I’m 22 years old. I’m a UAL Wimbledon College of Arts graduate 2020, where I was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Costume for Theatre and Screen. Of the two branches there I studied Costume Interpretation. Throughout my years at Wimbledon I honed my skills as a maker and pattern cutter with particular skills in historical reproduction, corsetry and womenswear.
I’m especially interested in the 19th century which culminated in my entry for the 2020 Costume Society Patterns of Fashion Award where I made a historically accurate reproduction of the 1837-41 Morning Dress from Patterns of Fashion 1. It was because of this dress and the award that I was hired straight out of university despite the (ongoing) pandemic.
Since graduating I have had the pleasure of working for Television and Film.
On this blog I document all of my sewing projects from university work, personal costume projects and the odd personal wardrobe pieces. I also examine lot of museum pieces so you can find my notes and pictures along with museum referencing.
The purpose of this blog is to document my process when making costumes for future reference, learn from my mistakes and build my costume knowledge.
Please refer to the categories on my main home page to go to specific costumes.
I hope you enjoy my blog, I would love to hear feed back so please don’t hesitate to do so!