Bernadette Banner has a very unique professional title: she describes herself as a “dress detective”. Her job is pretty incredible – she recreates historical clothing from antique patterns.
Bernadettes always had two great passions: history and fashion design. Luckily for her, she lives exactly where those to passions can grow into careers – New York City.
The young historian/designer started her way as an assistant costume designer on Broadway. Slowly, she realized that designing clothes for Broadway shows wasn’t really cutting it – she wanted to make historically accurate clothing, with no modern zippers and Velcro. She left her job and joined a fashion history program and learned about fashion history. She applied her new knowledge to reproduce 18th and 19th-century dresses, based off of real patterns from the era. One day she uploaded a video of her work process on YouTube and immediately gained a massive following of fellow fashion and history lovers.
Today, Bernadette works as a research consultant ad illustrator as well as a fashion historian. She shares her designs on Instagram and explains her process on her YouTube channel, along with interesting facts about old-timey fashion.