Jo Poole is a renowned seamstress whose celebrated work includes making authentic Elizabethan accessories and costumes at Shakespeare’s Globe, alterations for the National Theatre and BBC, preparing costumes for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake tour, producing prop costumes for the Disney Channel and the Big Breakfast, putting together outfits for Elton John’s annual balls and costume supervising and buying on numerous shows, both historical and modern.
A specialist in vintage clothing restoration and contemporary couture and tailoring techniques, she also undertakes consultation work for historic interiors, specialising in soft furnishings and period authenticity. Her most recent project has been the restoration of Charles Darwin’s rooms at Christ’s College, Cambridge. The rooms were re-instated as the young Darwin had lived in them. (Read more…..)
As a leader in her field, Jo has lectured in Costume Supervision and Advanced Sewing Techniques for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Stage Management and Technical Theatre Degree. Her stage design experience includes designing costumes for the British Premiere of Jonathan Dove’s opera The Little Green Swallow.
In 2006 whilst working on The Life of Galileo, she realised her skills could be used to help everyone with clothing issues, and set about devising a service to do just that. The Dress Doctor is the result.
Jo has been a trustee of the Quakers & Business Group, a charity promoting Quaker ethics in business and the workplace since 2007.