About Me

Laura Parker been designing and creating costumes for theatrical productions and historic reenactors since 1999, with a focus on historically accurate reproductions and historically inspired fantasy costuming.  Her work has concentrated on the experimental archaeology of clothing construction, with an emphasis on how cut, fabric, and construction details affect physical movement in European Medieval and Renaissance clothing.

Costume design credits include Murder at the Howard Johnson’sAlice in Wonderland (co-design), Lettice and Lovage, The Sunshine Boys (co-design), and The Arabian Nights at NC State University Theatre, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, No Exit, Stop Kiss, Into the WoodsGodspellCircle/Mirror/Transformation, Cabaret, These Shining Lives, and Jane Eyre at William Peace University, Charlotte’s Web and Brighton Beach Memoirs at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre.  Costume technician and draping credits include Twelfth Night, Piece of My Heart, Inspecting Carol, Urinetown, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Dixie Swim Club, Southern Comforts, WMKS: Where Music Kills Sorrow, The Philadelphia Story, Garden District, Little Women,  Rent, Cabaret, and The Arabian Nights.  Laura is the staff draper and costume technician at University Theatre at North Carolina State University.

In her copious free time, Laura performs improv comedy with Raleigh’s Village Idiots, knits, spins, dyes, and studiously avoids yardwork.  She can often be found in her native habitat – local area coffee shops.

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New ‘Effigy’ corset – 16th c. pair of bodies

It has been at least five years (ack!) since I made my first late 16th c. pair of bodies, and it was time for an update for a number of reasons.  I love that pair of bodies – but it’s a bit too small for me now, and the silk – although pretty – doesn’t …

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16th c. Fitted Jacket

late 16th c. embroidered silk jacket.  Done in commercially embroidered pink silk, lined in brown linen.  I did a chain stitch along the seamlines for a nice contrast.  Done as a proof-of-concept for the pattern – I have some wonderful redwork silk that will be a jacket at SOME point. My pattern needs a bit …

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