Bernadette Banner

is creating historical garment reconstructions and interpretations

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Prints of the 1890s gown sketch and Chemise à la Reine will be sent to all patrons pledged under either of the mailing tiers ($20 and $50) as of 1 March, 2020. 

Dear Friend,
Well met!
If we aren't already acquainted, hello! I am a dress historian and costume interpreter known best for my series of YouTube videos documenting my experiments in historical garment reconstruction and adaptation for modern wear. Primarily my area of study spans from the Norman Conquest (1066) up through the introduction of the electric sewing machine (c.1919) and thus I work mostly by hand in an attempt to reproduce garments according to historical practice. My goal is to spread the joy of rediscovering old crafts, of research and experimentation, of hypothesising on how things may have been done and embarking on mad, time-consuming, and extraordinarily fiddly adventures in trying to bring the past to life...

Hand-stitched reconstruction from 'Saint George Slaying the Dragon' by Jost Haller, c. 1450

Marking out the pieces in quill and ink

Detail of the hand-worked buttonholes in silk thread

...and then to see how we can apply these lost methods to 21st century life.

An adaptation of an Edwardian walking skirt for present day wear

In Real Life I work as a freelance research consultant and illustrator based primarily in New York, and secondarily in London where I get to work with the brilliant team at the School of Historical Dress. Some of my recent reconstruction and illustration work can be found in the newly-released Patterns of Fashion 5, including artwork for 'The Staymaker's Tale'.

For more progress images, find me on Instagram at

For video diaries on construction, the YouTube is

Illustration prints and project renderings can be found at my Etsy shop:

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