Our October meeting started with the AGM after which our speaker, former Theatrical Costumier Amanda Sutherland, took us on an exciting journey through her early career. After art school, a period of working in some famous workshops gave her enough skills for a nine-month bursary at the Royal Opera House as a buyer for ballet and opera costumes. This experience of “fabulous people, designers, fabrics, and bling ..” plus an impressive range of contacts, was sufficient for Amanda to enter the West End Theatre world. Her anecdotes about working on Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar were hilarious and unforgettable. Later with Angel and Bermans, the worlds biggest costumier, she was part of projects such as Titanic, an experience which rounded off this stage of her life Over the last 15 years Amanda has set up her own workshop and showroom outside London, and described a frantic but very creative life of Wedding Fairs, Craft Courses and the worldwide promotion of her highly individual products. She ended her fascinating talk with a display of the accessories she designs from an eclectic range of materials.
Next month’s Speaker on November 2nd will be Jacqueline Aviolet, horticulturalist, whose talk is entitled “Botanist or Not?