The Tyvek-costumed figures are the last items in our behind-the-scenes series and we’ve been dying to tell you about how they were made.
Past Pleasures Ltd are experts in both historical interpretation and period costume. Their incredibly skilled pattern-drafters and -cutters have created everything from Norman peasant outfits to 1970s disco-wear and everything in between.
The material they worked with to create a costume each for William, Anne, Susanna and Judith Shakespeare is called Tyvek. It’s made from flashspun high-density polyethylene fibres… that means it’s a non-woven, pliable plastic material. Tyvek is used to protect buildings during construction phases due to its strength and durability. It’s also easy to cut, sew and clean, which makes it perfect for costume exhibitions.
The costumes are the basis of an installation that will illuminate what life at New Place would’ve been like for the Shakespeare family using projections and animation. It’s an engaging, creative way to get a feel for daily life in the Shakespeare household.
Shakespeare’s New Place opens from 11am, Saturday 20 August. Come and walk in Shakespeare's footsteps and meet the man behind the works in a fascinating new exhibition. Discover beautiful gardens and specially-commissioned artworks.
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