Mon. May 20th, 2019

Sewing couture for Norwich puppet ‘diva’ Clementine

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Dress designers need a special relationship with their clients – no matter what their size or demands.

Puppeteer Mark Mander, from Norwich, specialises in creating and sewing miniature couture for Clementine, the 15-inch (38cm) “living fashion doll” – who performs in cabaret around the world.

It can take up to a week to make a single gown, which often features expensive fabric and thousands of hand-applied crystals.

As the nation picks up a sewing needle, much of it inspired by BBC Two’s Sewing Bee – enter the workshop of the puppet dress maker.

My life sewing for a 15-inch ‘diva’

Puppeteer Mark Mander explains the challenges of creating miniature couture for a very special lady.

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