Having qualified from the highly prestigious Theatre Wardrobe and Design course in Liverpool, I went on to work in theatres in Bristol, Glasgow, Exeter, Cheltenham, and Manchester.
Since I set up my own company I have had the opportunity to work on productions for companies such as BBC, ITV, costume houses Cosprop and Angels, Shakespeare’s Globe, RSC, The Open Air Theatre and many West End productions including Kenneth Branagh's Season at the Garrick ,(Winter's Tale and Harlequinade) and Macbeth, (MIF and The Armoury, New York), Nell Gwynne, Funny Girl, Mrs Henderson Presents, Farinelli and the King and Singin in The Rain, Poldark, Downton Abbey, Calendar Girls (film), The Golden Era (film), The Golden Bowl (film), Phantom of the Opera (film), and The Others (film).
The skills, quality, care and passion that I am known for to the entertainment industry I have applied to private commissions for special occasion garments.
The client will enjoy the luxury of having individual attention, quality workmanship and a stunning outfit that is created uniquely for them.
As I write, England is about to go into a second ‘lockdown’ which was first experienced from March to June this year.
During April to July, I worked with a group of wonderful women to make hospital scrubs and face masks for NHS staff and EACH hospice workers.
The Coronavirus has had a terrible effect on many industries, but particularly theatre, music, and other live events. We are hoping that by the beginning of December, all will be in place to allow the production companies who have been brave enough to put on Pantomimes and Christmas Shows this year, to go ahead with the performances.
I have just opened a shop on Etsy, JaneGoninClothing and for my first collection, I have used embroidery as an inspiration.
I am passionate about sustainability and I am learning to develop sustainable methods of clothing production using ethical fabrics that do not burden the environment, either in their production or in their after life. I try and ensure that the fabrics I use have been recycled from previous projects or that any new fabrics that are purchased come from ethical sources and they have a reduced impact on the environment.
Any new fabrics that are purchased, I try and work out the carbon footprint for it to donate to carbon offsetting charities or I donate a percentage of the cost to charities that are planting trees.