Virginia Crawford Greyish watermark

Designer     Dressmaker     Costumier

365 - Versaille

I have sewn or managed sewing workrooms for: Wellington City Opera, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cloud 9 Onscreen Entertainment, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Jaeger (Regent St. - alterations, holiday cover workroom supervisor), Fenwick (Bond St.), Harvey Nichols (Knightsbridge - alterations workroom assistant manager), La Bottega del Costume (Venice), The National Trust, the Jane Austen Centre (Bath), and numerous wonderful private clients.

 

I won an award very early on in my career for design in natural fibres, and more recently one of my Georgian gowns was displayed at No. 1 Royal Crescent (Bath). I am a member of reenactment groups Lacewars and The Mannered Mob, where I portray a soldier's wife, a ladiesmaid and a middle class lady from c. 1745.

 

In theatre front-of-house I have been delighted to work for the Opera House and WestPacTrust St. James Theatres (Wellington, NZ), Stratford Circus, Millfield Theatre, Holland Park Opera and the Royal Albert Hall, as (in no particular order) a steward, chief steward, duty manager and acting front-of-house manager.

 

I am currently working part-time towards a degree in art history and modern languages (French and Italian) with the Open University, so that I can research historical fashion construction techniques in the original languages.

Me

'I absolutely love what I do. Not only the sewing - I love making connections with my clients, and being able to solve problems for them.'

I'm a very creative person. My workroom is full of fabrics and costumes and boxes spilling over with ribbon. I love cats and I have a vast range of penguin paraphernalia thanks to two friends who gave me penguins in gratitude for making them masks for a ball...

 

I love opera and ballet and all kinds of music, theatre, books and films.

 

My training in fashion and costume has been a mixture of formal, self-led and in the workplace. I have been sewing professionally for 23 years. I absolutely love what I do. Not only the sewing - I love making connections with my clients, and being able to solve problems for them.

'It was so much fun to work with Virginia. She's very talented and knows all the tricks. I loved my wedding dress and received lots of compliments about it.'

- Olga, April 2015

Finding all your work so authentic... amazing detail. You are a brilliant seamstress. Not forgotten my own bridal coat you made which turned me into a princess for my wedding day.'

                    - Patti, May 2014