...for the High Sheriff
I was invited to design and tailor the Ceremonial Suit for the Countess Howe. There are no precise regulations governing Court Dress for Lady Sheriffs. However the brief for this has its own traditional constraints.
Lady Sheriffs are encouraged to wear Court Dress of black or dark coloured velvet. Preferably the outfit should include cut steel buttons, shoe buckles and a black silk wig bag, with a lace jabot worn around the neck.
The styling is a matter of individual choice. This is where Lesley may help and guide you.
Sheriff of Buckingham 2014/15 chose fabric in a Bilberry colour Silk Brocade especially commissioned and woven in England. The single breasted fitted jacket displays filigree buttons while genuine Nottingham Lace was used for the collar and cuffs. These are detachable as the High Sheriff requested a suit to wear after her term in office.
The panelled A line skirt makes a very wearable outfit for many occasions. To complete the outfit I made a cape, lined in a matching silk Duchess Satin which was worn at many parades and Rememberance Day. A matching bag was styled in the same fabric.
High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire 2015/16 wears Teal silk velvet with cut steel buttons and Buckingham Lace. A skirt in abstract designed new wool flannel is complimented with a bag in matching fabric.
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Monday to Friday from 8.30 am,
Tuesday and Thursday evenings,
Saturday appointments lasting 90 mins from 11.00 am.