The Portfolio of Imogen Lauren McCarthy
Welcome to my portfolio blog;
I am an English pattern cutter, tailor and couture seamstress. I have worked for many emerging and established designers in theatre, fashion and costume in London, England and have taught pattern cutting at BA and MA level from 2006-2011.
I was apprenticed as Ladies Costume Bursary at the Royal Shakespeare Company 2004-2005, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, over 13 plays including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the comedies season and the gunpowder season.
I have been lucky enough to work freelance in the studios of some of my favourite designers including Vivienne Westwood, Hussein Chalayan, Alexandra Groover and Lu Flux, during 2007-2012.
Much of my work is under the banner of my artdress studio, and I have had many wonderful assistants who have contributed their time and skills to my projects.
I officially hung up my shears in 2012 to travel the world and retire from the London fashion scene, so this portfolio can be viewed as a particular chapter of my life;
This is a selection of my work and I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for your interest,
Imogen Lauren McCarthy
Manjit Deu collection AW 2010 for Harrods Launches
Sample collection pattern cut and produced in house by Imogen Lauren McCarthy, Assisted by Radka Podalska, Katy Lees, Alba Moreno-Gutierez, Rachel Taylor and Felicity Doubleday.
Part of the SS/10 collection by Manjit Deu for Harrods Launches
I was studio manager for this project over 2009-2010, all produced in house with assistance from Radka Podalska, Katy Lees, Alba Moreno-Gutierez, Rachel Taylor and Felicity Doubleday.
The Albany Theatre. 3rd-5th March 2010
Written and Directed by Sarah Elaine Stewart, Set by Jeffery Michael Baker, Costumes by Imogen Lauren McCarthy, Score by Tom di Sapia, Photography by Andrew Harvey
Hussein Chalayan ‘Mirage’ Collection AW 10
Paris Fashion Week, March 2010
'Roadtrip' printed dress cut by Imogen Lauren McCarthy, assisted by Felicity Doubleday
Florence and the Machine ‘You Got The Love’ music video, september 2009
Styled by Aldene Johnson, Produced by Tabitha Denholme.
Florence’s outfit designed by Manjit Deu; pattern cut and produced by Imogen Lauren McCarthy and artdress studio assistants. Additional artdress costumes designed by Imogen Lauren McCarthy; blue, purple and gold hooded dresses for the crowd.
images c. Alex Lake 2009
Antony Gormley’s 4th plinth
My piece of fashion performance based on the classical nude and inhabiting skin, choreographed by Joanne Swatkins, photography by Sarah Elaine Stewart
Hussein Chalayan AW 09 ‘Earthbound’, Paris Fashion Week www.husseinchalayan.com
scaffold and tarmac printed leather dresses cut by Imogen Lauren McCarthy, leather mouldings by Paddy Whitaker and Kier Malem www.whitakermalem.co.uk
Hussein Chalayan, Paris Fashion Week October 2009
white leather, stripe and hurel pieces cut by Imogen Lauren McCarthy
Victoria Beckham, cover of Elle USA October 2009
dress leather-work cut by Imogen Lauren McCarthy and Paddy Whitaker, constructs at the Hussein Chalayan Studio, London.