Jessica Aldred has over 15 years’ experience of working with antique textiles and is currently Director of her own business, House of Heyday. Having trained at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), she teaches embroidery internationally and carries out commissions that have included many textile restoration and conservation projects.
Amongst her many claims to fame is that she has demonstrated embroidery to Her Majesty the Queen; was a member of the team who embroidered the wedding dress and veil for the Duchess of Cambridge; and has co-authored a book, Adventures in Needlework, which was published by the Guild of Master Craftsman Publications. She has also written a stitch manual for Fine Cell Work, a charity that teaches needlework to prison inmates.
Throughout her career, Jessica has taken on many roles, including working in the costume department at The Royal Opera House; acting as Education Coordinator, tutor, assessor and studio embroiderer for the RSN; and teaching at the V&A Museum as part of their exhibition – ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’.
Jessica is particularity interested in vintage fashions from the 1920s to the 1980s, with the 40s and 50s being her favourite decades. She also loves designs and textiles from and inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement. In her own collection, Jessica has a number of vintage garments, her favourite being a Horrockses wedding dress from the 1950's.
Both textiles and embroidery are a lifelong passion for Jessica and she is always delighted to share her skills and expertise with our clients.