Hannah Wroe

Tel: 07799 074426

Email: contact@hannahwroe.com

Website: http://www.hannahwroe.com


My research interests lie in investigating pattern cutting and construction techniques found specifically within the early to mid-twentieth century garment, and considers its relevance and value for contemporary designers, students and costumiers.  I work from photographs, original historical garments and contemporaneous pattern cutting texts to create accurate reproduction patterns.

This period offers a rich source of couture cutting and traditional hand craft making techniques.  By uncovering the potential learning which can be found within historical garments through in-depth analysis and reconstruction, my work offers an accessible way for this to be translated into current fashion design practice and costume design.

My work explores the historical context of these garments; reflecting on what social, technological, economic and political influences have shaped this period within fashion design. Through my final MA project I explored the significance of Jacques Hiems ‘off-the-peg’ couture line made exclusively for Harrods in the late 1950s, looking at the-relationship between department stores and couture houses within the backdrop of post war Britain.


Pending                       November 2012          Costume Colloquium III: Past Dress – Future Fashion, Florence 

                                    'Pattern Cutting Publications 1935-1955: a Pattern cutters perspective’

July 2011                     Costume Society Symposium, Eastbourne

                                   ‘The Significance of the Summer Dress in the Making of a Holiday Wardrobe 1935-                                   1955’: Inspiration, Design and the Making techniques of the home dressmaker’


2010 – 11                    Nottingham Trent University

Masters Degree         By Registered Project - Fashion and Textiles- Pass with Distinction

                                    Project Title: An investigation into pattern cutting and construction techniques 1935 – 1955  

2009 - 2010                Nottingham Trent University                                          

PG Certificate             Creative Pattern Cutting – Pass with Distinction

                                    Personal Project: Understanding the cut of 1940s womenwear and its influence in                                      contemporary fashion design                                     

2002 - 2007              South Nottingham College

Diploma                      City and Guilds Handcraft Fashion and Design

City and Guilds          Fashion Illustration and Corsetry National Award Medal of Excellence   

                                    Machine Embroidery, Historical Heirlooms and Lingerie

                                    Teacher Training Level 1 Adult Learners      


Freelance Researcher, Designer & Lecturer, Nationwide

November 2006 - present                                                      

Projects have included:

  • Conception, development and management of own bespoke Fashion Label ‘Hannah and Bella’ 2008-2011
  • Facilitated training and workshops related to fashion and costume, pattern cutting, design and manufacture 2006-present
  • Exhibiting member and tutor for Living Threads Textile Group since 2007
  • Exhibited work at The Knitting and Stitching exhibition in Harrogate 2007
  • Presented my own collection, ‘Hannah and Bella’ at Nottingham Fashion week 2007
  • Making Tudor costumes for Donnington le Health Manor House, Leicestershire Museum Service
  • Consultant Pattern Cutter, Future Factory Project Nottingham Trent University 2010
  • Sessional Lecturer Adult Education

    South Nottingham College Sept 2008 - present

    ·         Lecturer in Fashion: basic and advanced construction skills, pattern drafting, corsetry, burlesque costume making, stretch wear

    ·         Delivering, writing and accessing accredited NCFE  and PCDL courses

    Short Course lecturer 2011- present

    Nottingham Trent University September 2011 - present

    ·         Write and deliver short courses in lingerie making,  fascinators and head dresses, pattern cutting and vintage  lingerie



    Leicestershire Costume Collection Sept 2011-present

    Accessioning garments, support curatorial team in preparation for exhibitions and care of collection. Currently assisting with research and installation of ‘Utility Clothing 1942-1949’ exhibition for Leicestershire Museums at Snibston Museum Fashion Gallery


    Embroiderers Guild

    Costume Society

    Institute for Learning: Affiliate member

    Living Threads Textile Group:  Exhibiting member since 2007

    References available on request.