About Society Belle

 

  The seeds of Society Belle took root when a costume and dolly-loving child decided that she would train her life in an artistic direction. Achievable, thanks to the efforts of the creative family she grew up in. 

Society Belle is primarily a costume design and production service for bespoke stage costumes. 

The business began in earnest in June 2009, after gathering experience as a bridal store manager. The shop was closing, so all outstanding clientele were transferred to Society Belle, to see through clients until each one's big day. Each year, Society Belle has extended services to provide unique, bespoke garments for theatrical stage costumes, formal wear and individual style.

The business is located in the beautiful historic setting of the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, where Naomi is resident costume designer.   

 

Naomi Gibbs

 

Growing up, I was fortunate to have a very creative and resourceful mother, to whom I attribute a great deal of the learning that I have experienced and am continually taking in. She's an artist that inspires me, especially to continue trying techniques that I don't already know. She'd always encourage me to be curious, to push myself and still sends me new inspiration via Pinterest to this day! My mother and grandmother taught me to sew. They furnished me with my livelihood and the passion for art to enjoy said livelihood.

If you will forgive my sentimentality, I grew up with a house full of craft materials, fabrics and books. Thumbing through them whilst draped over a dining chair awkwardly (and being too engrossed to care that that a limb was going numb) is a prominent childhood memory. 

Other continual inspirations are some of the most prolific artists in fashion, film, literature and music. Fashion designers; Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Muggler, Alexander Mcqueen, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Costume designers; Sandy Powell, Joan Bergin, Jenny Bevan, Colleen Atwood, Alexandra Byrne, Jany Temime, Janie Bryant, and Howard Burden are all designers that I love to follow and research, as well as current independant designers and fashion houses that I follow on Instagram. In terms of historic famous designers, Charles Frederick Worth, Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli are among my favourites.

 

Take a look at my sketchbook or my moodboards on Pinterest to discover more about my inspirations !

There would not be much to show without the great work of our collaborators, photographers and make up artists alike. Check out their work!

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Credentials

 

To see my full CV, please refer to my LinkedIn or Stagejobspro profile.

    Proud 'Associate Artist' of the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth.  

Theatre industry credits include;

2018

Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor 

Peter Pan

Scott Ramsay

New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

2018

Head of Wardrobe

Goodwood Revival Fashion Emporium

Eunice Deny, Fashion Live Events

Goodwood Estate

2018

Costume Designer and maker 
Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four 
Adrian McDougall, Blackeyed Theatre 

 

2017 - 2018 

Costume Designer 

Teechers
Adrian McDougall, Blackeyed Theatre 
South Hill Park, Wilde Theatre

2017 - 2018

Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor 
Beauty and the Beast 
Scott Ramsay
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

2017 - 2018

Costume designer and maker, prop buyer and maker 
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 
Nick Lane, Blackeyed Theatre 

2017

Head of Wardrobe 
Goodwood Revival Fashion Emporium 
Eunice Deny, Fashion Live 
Goodwood Estate

2017

Costume designer and maker 
The Great Big Beautiful Sky 
Evi Stamatiou, Bernie Byrnes 
St Columba's by the castle

2017

Costume designer and maker 
Hypozeuxsis at Victorious Festival 
Sasha Biloshisky, Funk Format 
Southsea Common, Victorious Festival

2017

Costume designer and maker 
When Angels Cry 
Donna Bish, New Theatre Royal 
St Thomas's Cathedral

2016

Costume Designer and maker 
Roses and Castles 
Bernie Byrnes, New Theatre Royal 
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

2016

Costume Designer and maker 
Moon Language 
Charlotte Mackie, Stopgap Dance Company 
The Lights Andover

2016

Costume Designer and Maker 
In Service to Our True God 
Bernie Byrnes,
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

2016

Costume designer/maker 
Kings of the Wild Frontier Tour 
Adam Ant
Portsmouth Guildhall

2013

Costume designer and maker 
Jack Frost's Christmas Adventure 
Bernie Byrnes, St John's Smith Square 
St John Smith's Square, Westminster

2011

Costume designer/Wardrobe mistress
The Missing Years 
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

2010

Assistant costume designer, supervisor and maker 
Treasure Island

Caroline Sharman 
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth 

 

2010

Costume designer and maker 

Adam Ant's Pirate Metal Extravaganza 
Adam Ant 
The Scala, London

2019 ~ Currently designing and building costumes and props for various very different stage shows; a tour, an extravaganza, dance pieces and many private commissions. Watch this space for new creations! Client Emily Diapre, (pictured) August 2017, was crowned 'Miss British Beauty Curve' and 'Miss United Kingdom Curve' winning 'Best Eveningwear' category in the pageant final wearing her Society Belle gown. Congratulations Emily!