Nehelenia Historical Clothing Co. is anxious to bring back the beauty of eras gone by. Each garment is meticulously researched via internet, movies, museum studies etc. and created after original garments and patterns to achieve maximum historical authenticity.
Patterns are drafted to your measurements using the classic drafting system Mueller & Son, which is exclusive to fashion schools, and are taken from original period garments, some of which come from our private collection of costumes. We have access to the most authentic high-class materials worldwide.
Each garment is made in our studio in London and completely handcrafted. We use modern machines as well as period handwork. We take pride in faithfully reproduced historical clothing and have very high standards of authenticity.
You are welcome anytime for a personal consultation, especially when ordering bridal attire we do recommend you come and visit in person. We love what we do and this is reflected in our work!
Authenticity of historical costumes
Anyone ordering a historical costume has individual needs and requirements and that is why only you, the customer, decide how period-correct your costume shall be. Of course we have to compromise because a 100% correct reproduction is not possible anymore nowadays. For museums, reenactors and other authenticity-aware customers we offer period tailoring techniques. This means all visible seams will be sewn by hand, eyelets will be handembroidered and only period correct patterns and materials will be used. Our standards are very high and you will never find synthetic fibres or modern fastenings in our costumes.
Freelance work for film tv productions and theatres
Christina is available as a designer and costume consultant for tv, movie and theatre productions in the range of costume design and production, also abroad. If you would like to hire her for your project please contact the studio.
For fairs and events we also arrange displays of historical fashion.
We do offer unpaid work experience placements in our West London studio. You need to be over 18 years old and have very good knowledge of sewing by machine and by hand. Excellent command of either English or German is essential.
Places for 2013 are available, please inquire at email@example.com
Christina Dettmers has been involved with costume history and construction since 1999. She studied at the university of applied sciences in Bielefeld/Germany and holds a degree in fashion design. Her graduation collection“Merveilleuses - Liberté a la Mode” featured contemporary womenswear with an 18th century theme.
She completed postgraduate studies in costume design and theatrical millinery, and hosts lectures and workshops on historical clothing. She is head pattern designer for historical pattern company Nehelenia Patterns of Germany.