Janette, one of the top costumiers in London for 30 years, trained with Jean Hunnisett, a leading light of the industry. Her work with international film and stage designers has been featured in Oscar nominated films for costume, two of which – ‘Dangerous Liaison’ and ‘Henry V’ – went on to win Academy Awards.

She has produced costumes for a wide range of films, television, West End and Broadway theatre, opera and ballet productions. She has made bespoke costumes for many well known starts including Robert de Niro, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Michelle Pfieffer, Amanda Holden and Elizabeth Hurley. Janette currently produces costumes for the worldwide productions of The Lion King.

Janette now shares her wealth of knowledge and experience in bespoke workshops and lectures designed to meet the needs of GCSE, A level and university Drama, Fashion and Textiles students.

Sessions are tailored to the unique needs of each group or individual and can be theoretical, practical or a combination of both. Her wide expertise ranges from an in-depth knowledge of historical costume construction to all the intricacies and technical aspects of fabric and design. Students can also benefit from Janette’s unique insight into the background workings of the entertainment industry.


Michelle-Phieffer ~ Dangerous Liasons


Don Giovanni


The Changeling


Michelle-Phieffer ~ Dangerous Liasons

Costume Workshop Information
A basic workshop would break down as follows:

● A short lecture on the history of the selected period.
● A demonstration by Janette of the modelling and cutting of the period on a tailors dummy and some flat pattern cutting where needed.
● A sort introduction to the relevant sewing techniques and a brief lesson on how to use an industrial sewing machine.
● How to fit a first stage costume on a artist with a list of key fitting points.
● Students would model and cut part of a costume in calico and make it up ready for a first fitting.
● Depending on the length and type of the workshop booked , Janette can also teach students about the correct corsets, petticoats and frames,( ie. Tudor farthingales, 18th panniers, and Victorian crinolines etc) that are needed.
● At the end of most most workshops students will leave with calico toiles,paper patterns and costume information work sheets and a much better understanding of their chosen period.

Costume workshops are available for groups of students as well as individuals, sessions are normally held at the students school but for small numbers , workshops can be arranged at Janette’s studio. Depending on the number of students the workshops would start from £ 50 per hour, groups rates can be arranged and the workshop tailored to suit the needs of your students. For a corset and frame workshop additional costs would be incurred for spirals, busks and crinoline steel. Workshops can also be booked for corporate events and other private organisations.








The Changeling