About Me

Historika is all about my two passions: history and sewing. It also encompasses two other loves; research and encouraging others to create. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience a taste of history in an authentic way, and getting the clothing correct is a major factor in that process.

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My name is Naomi Barnes, and I live in the south west of England, UK.  To contact me please use this address:-

historikalmodiste@gmail.com

Any personal information is treated with the utmost care, and is not disclosed to anyone for any reason

I began Historika back in 2009 (opening a shop on Etsy in 2010). I needed a new direction in life, and wanted to do something I loved and cared deeply about. History has always been a strong presence in my life. Ever since I went to Hampton Court when I was 10, and learnt about some man known as Henry VIII who had SIX wives, I was hooked. I am sure there aren’t many 10 year olds with a poster of a painting of Henry VIII by Holbein (my favourite artist) on their wall! {It is a thrill now to know that a piece of my work has been part of a display at Hampton Court.}

About

My love of historical fashion first started around the age of 13, when I was transfixed watching the BBC series ‘The House of Eliott’, set in a 1920s fashion house. That same year my family travelled up to York for our annual summer holiday, and we visited York Castle Museum. All I can remember of the displays there is drooling over the Costume section. I started sewing historical dress for myself when I was 14.

My especial interests are: -

*1820s-40s fashions
*English Rural & Provincial Dress
*Underpinnings
*Accessories (chemisettes, fichus, ruffs, etc)
*Whitework
*Buttons- beautiful in their own right, and they add that authentic detail to an outfit.

My mum, little sister, older sister and myself when I was 11, at Morwellham Quay, Devon, in 1860s garb
My mum, little sister, older sister and myself when I was 11, at Morwellham Quay, Devon, in 1860s garb

Handmade Historical Clothing

I first began to make historical clothing for others in 2009. This was mainly underpinnings, as I have a real fascination with them. In 2013 I received my first large order from an international wardrobe department. I do much less sewing now, but I still have a lovely bunch of regular customers, and it is always a joy to hear from them. My customers are very important to me; I learn so much from these dedicated lovers of costume.

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Reproduction Buttons

I have always been captivated by Dorset and other thread and cloth buttons, and have made them for years (for tv series and individuals). These can be ordered from me, see ‘Buy Reproduction Buttons’ in the menu bar above, and I also sell antique buttons which I come across, which can be viewed under ‘Buy Antique Buttons’.

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Antique Clothing

From 2011-2016, as well as producing handmade clothing I also restored and sold antique clothing. These items have found their way into theatres, film, and museums. Under the Tab ‘Extant Costume’ in the menu bar above, ‘Past Sales’ and my own humble ‘Costume Collection’ can be viewed. I still buy a few items here and there to sell, which can be viewed under ‘Shop Antique Costume’.

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The Future

During 2017, I began to work on another aspect of historical dress that I love. This is evolving into my latest venture, which will {hopefully} be up and running in late 2017/early 2018.