Karen – the Costumer

Writer.  Illustrator. Gardener. Chocoholic and tea lover

Karen has been  designing and making historical, fantasy and reproduction (SF/movie/television) costumes since 1980. She has won several workmanship awards with the Threads Guild and the Australian Costumers’ Guild. Karen loves Doctor Who and steampunk.
Karen has researched and re-created mid-16th century Florentine clothing for over fifteen years. She has done talks and workshops on 1560 Florentine/Medici patterning and sewing methods and steampunk costume.

Costume Awards:

  • Australian Costumers’ Guild Workmanship awards 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
  • Joint creator of reproduction costume: Malfotto for 2012 AVcon Costume competition ‘Wreck it Ralph – Heroes and Villians’ – runner up.
  • Threads Workmanship Awards: Most Consistent Costume Quality: 1990, 1991, 1992.

Where to find Karen’s Costumes:

You can find Karen’s costumes pages on:

FLorenceFiles1500x500Steampunk, Fantasy and Science Fiction costumes

Historical re-creation costumes

Karen – the Costumer was originally published on karen j carlisle