Janette graduated in 1980 with a BA in Fashion/Textiles, but having decided that her real passion was for period costume, she worked for two years as a wardrobe assistant at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. By 1982 Janette was in London completing a period costume-cutting course, run by the internationally famous costumier Jean Hunnisett. Having been awarded a distinction for her work, Janette set up business with fellow student Gwen Russell.
Over the last 30 years as a top period costumier, Janette has created costumes for an ‘A’ list of Hollywood stars: Michelle Pfeiffer (Dangerous Liaisons), Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut), Juliette Binoche (Wuthering Heights), Helen Bonhan Carter and Elizabeth McGovern (Wings of the Dove), Jessica Lang, Liam Nesson (Rob Roy), Emma Thompson (Henry V), Robert Di Nero (Frankenstein), Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Thandie Newton (Interview with a Vampire) to name a few. Janette’s work with international film and stage designers has been featured in six Oscar-nominated films for costume, two of which ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ and ‘Henry V’ went on to win Academy Awards. Her work also includes costumes for Covent Garden Ballet and Opera, as well as companies in Philadelphia, Houston and New York. West End Musicals, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Grease’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, and for the last 14 years ‘The Lion King’ for London and Europe. She has also been involved with numerous TV period mini-films and dramas and theatre productions.
With her business partner Gwen Russell, Janette also created a successful couture bridal collection, as well as illustrating two costume period books written by her former mentor Jean Hunnisett. In 2002 Janette and Gwen’s contribution to the arts and theatre was recognised by an invitation to Buckingham Palace to attend a Royal Garden Party. Combining her passion for history with her extensive skill and experience as a top costumier, she has created a Living History: a Victorian Interactive Touring Museum and a series of bespoke costume lectures and workshops.