Hawthorne & Heaney on Dr Strange in Action

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Following on from our previous release of the work we have been doing for the new Marvel blockbuster; Dr Strange, some new action photos have surfaced of the filming in Manhattan.

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It is wonderful to see the costumes as they move as well as seeing the vermicelli embroidery on the red cape against the cross stitch CAD down the front of the robes.

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These are the first shots of the fully constructed Baron Mordo costume we have seen which is really exciting to see the embroidered pieces in the context of the rest of the costume.

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We just cant wait to see the whole movie now!

Hawthorne & Heaney for Suicide Squad with Chaos Fashion

The New Suicide Squad Movie has been long awaited, but last night was the European Premier in London’s Leicester Square. Hawthorne & Heaney were delighted to be asked to do the embroidery work for an outfit for the ladies of the cast for one of their looks. Chaos Fashion designed and produced these beautiful silk satin tracksuits for Cara Delevingne and Margot Robbie wear to the after party.

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Each tracksuit was personalised with the girls names on the front in gold against the suit’s navy.


The back sported, the films ‘SKWAD’ and ‘X’.

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The machine embroidery featured a slight fade within the fill which helps to give it it’s shadowed effect.

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 11.52.30It was great fun to be part of this super fast project with Chaos’s designers, Charlotte Stockdale & Katie Lyall and it is great to see the finished items being worn so well. To see more picture from the evening, follow the link here.

Hawthorne & Heaney on the Dressed By Angels Exhibition

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For 175 years Angels has been dressing actors and actresses, including those in Oscar award-winning films, and Olivier and Tony award-winning theatre. Spanning several generations of one family, Angels has become the world’s premier costumiers and has recently received a BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. To celebrate their magnificent milestone, an interactive exhibition of costumes from the early Victorian era to the present day was held in London.Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 16.16.28

Dressed by Angels, which opened at the Old Truman Brewery in October featured over 100 historic costumes and props from the world of TV, film and theatre.Amongst them were many recognisable names including Dr Who, Wicked, Star Wars and Titanic to name but a few. Visitors were also able to experience interactive media displays on the history of the company and explore workshops showing the process of make.Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 16.16.56

“Normally I’ve always said no to doing an exhibition because I think costume exhibitions are just costumes on dummies, but they were worn by people and whilst they are things, there’s more of a story behind them. I look at them and think of all the agony that’s gone into producing them and nobody actually sees that. When Richard and Carol (the exhibition’s creators) came in, we found that we shared the same vision.” – Tim Angel

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We produced a range of badges for the exhibition for them. The embroidery was applied to their costumes in house and was raised in silk finish threads.Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 12.52.36

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To find out more about the inspirational work of Angels visit their website www.angels.uk.com

And if you missed the exhibition why not sign up for one of their fascinating behind the scenes tours!


Reviewed by Charlotte Hailwood


Hawthorne & Heaney for Dr. Strange

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The fourteenth film of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” Dr Strange promises to be another exciting adventure produced by Marvel Studios. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the eponymous Doctor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton as ‘The Ancient One’.

Hawthorne & Heaney’s work features heavily in the costumes of many of the characters, though we have been otherwise sworn to secrecy for now we are looking forward to sharing more as soon as the production is released in cinemas.  Here are a few teaser images courtesy of Marvel Studios to get you excited for the film to come.

We’ll be booking front row tickets !  Looking forward to seeing you there.


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Hawthorne & Heaney watches Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair

It’s only every now and then that a programme comes on to television that really gets us excited, but we couldn’t help but be curious to see what the producers at the BBC would make of our little patch of London, Mayfair. On the 15th Feb, Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair aired on BBC2 showing the social diversity that exists in Mayfair and the variety of businesses and lives it sustains. So it was with baited breath that we watched to see some of our friends and colleagues as they featured in the show as ‘the craftspeople who keep the wealthy in their finery’.

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GJ Cleverley’s the Shoe maker made a significant appearance, demonstration that people are still making bespoke items in the heart of Mayfair, in the workshop above the shop, Burlington Arcade. They make all sort of bespoke shoes including these slippers which feature some of our Goldwork embroidery.

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There was also an addition from Keith Levett of Henry Poole who does their Livery Tailoring

livery tailoringYou might even catch a glimpse of our Director, Claire in the artisan’s meeting if you have a keen eye. For us, it is great to see the focus being given to the independent businesses and championing the craftsman’s trades. It is clear to see from talking to any crafts person that we are all passionate about keeping our craft alive and growing.


Hawthorne & Heaney meets ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

This new year brings the release of eagerly anticipated new movie ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ starring Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Kane, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong.  By all accounts, it looks to be hilarious, action packed and incredibly stylish (gentlemen out there, take note).  Those of you with a super keen eye may have noticed a pair a bit of Hawthorne & Heaney embroidery in the secret accessories/weaponry closet scene (I think we all wish we had one of those!).  Expertly made by George Cleverley Shoemakers into a gentlemans slipper our embroidery is going to be a must have accessory for the coming season.

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Click here to see the trailer


 In cinemas nationwide from the 29th Jan!

Our relationship with Cleverley’s has been strong for a number of years with a wide variety of embroidery provided for their slipper ranges from skull and seahorses to monograms. We also provide bespoke monograms for their clients which are hand drawn in a Script or Gothic style, hand painted and then very carefully had embroidered to their specifications.

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The world of the shoe maker is something of an unknown entity with strange rooms full of named wooden moulds, hides and hand powered machines.

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The slippers featured in the movie are a limited edition exclusively for Mr Porter.   Each pair are black velvet in the Albert style with the ‘K’ of Kingsman in a ring proudly decorating the front in bullion. If you’d like to own a pair you had best get onto Mr Porter before they all go. (insert a link)


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And they are not just for the gentlemen !  Here is the pair that our director, Claire Barrett had made up.

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