Amanda Sutherland

Location: Haverhill, Suffolk
About me...

After completing a combined four year BTEC and HND in fashion design at the London College of Fashion I launched into my working career as a head buyer at Londons Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
After mastering the workings of Ballet and Opera I proceeded to continue the journey within the Westend by working on productions including Jesus Christ Superstar as well as various fringe theatre productions and commercials for the BBC.
My next job role was working as a ladies period costumier for the worlds leading costume house “Angels The Costumiers” where I worked on numerous films, theatre productions and television dramas as well as working for high end fashion designers assisting on seasonal collections.
Assisting on Eastenders and numerous bond films were iconic moments as I never could have imagined that I would be watching films and dramas, recognising the costumes I had played a part in styling!Amanda Sutherland accessories was launched in 2002 where I started out my business in a shared bridal boutique promoting through local events and recommendations. For many years the main focus was on Bridal accessories and Fascinators riding many waves of changes through trends and economic ups and downs.For the last 10 years I have established myself as an inspirational speaker sharing my experiences, knowledge and creative ideas with many hundreds of groups. My talks have won various awards and have been highly recommended within the Women’s institutes and U3A groups. The talks continue to growing popularity every year with fabulous feedback and a wonderful following.

About my talks...

Amanda Sutherlands creative talks have now been running for over 10 years and have received huge recognition with the Women’s institute, U3A groups and social groups. The talk covers the areas of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk which is generally within a 50 mile distance of the studio. Having received outstanding reviews and standing ovations, Amanda brings her experience of fashion, costume, crafting and creative business skills to the mix and delivers in an informative and humorous way which is guaranteed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.


My fee is £50 + travel expenses at the standard mileage rate of 0.45p per mile.

Areas covered : Bedfordshire, Suffolk, Essex, East Anglia, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire

My Contact Details:

01440 702105

My creative Journey

Public Speaker in Suffolk Amanda Sutherland givers her talk about My creative Journey

The part one talk is an exciting Career journey through Film, Television and Theatrical costume design with an insight into running a successful accessories business.
Audiences have been completely amazed at the enthusiasm and creative energy that this presentation is delivered.
Amanda talks about her career journey working as an assistant costumier, a bridal wear consultant, a wardrobe assistant for Westend shows and as a freelance designer.
The talks are informative and amusing as well as having inspired 1000s of audience members with often a standing ovation. The part one talk which has received numerous awards and has featured in many newsletters. A stunning display of headdresses and accessories complete this award winning presentation.

Trends of a decade

Public Speaker in Suffolk Amanda Sutherland givers her talk about Trends of a decade

The part 2 talk is the perfect follow up to the original presentation, where audiences will be guided through the changing trends of costume design with a showcase demonstrating original garments and accessories from the 1920s-1950s. Highlighting the importance of underpinnings from past eras with corsetry, hip rolls and pads onto the celebration of the more relaxed designs of the 20th design.
Amandas successful business has been inspired by accessories from previous decades. Audiences will be shown how the glamour of the Victorian era, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s have inspired her stunning accessory collections which are available worldwide.
This talk combines both historical costume references and beautiful visual displays.
At the end of the presentation members are invited to browse the ever popular gift shop where eco jewellery and vintage style hats and neck wear are available to purchase at a group discount of usually 50%.

Make do and mend ( reuse, recreate and restyle your wardrobe)

Public Speaker in Suffolk Amanda Sutherland givers her talk about Make do and mend ( reuse, recreate and restyle your wardrobe)

Having received both BTEC and national diploma levels in fashion design and styling, Amanda will show the most fabulous garment recreations that can be achieved from charity shop finds and old keepsakes. with simple yet effective methods.
This newest addition to the speakers diary is a fun packed masterclass, demonstrating various ways in adapting everyday clothing ,from worn and badly fitting garments into exciting and unique fashion pieces.
Amanda will show examples of clothing hacks which are easy to recreate and a presentation which once again will prove to be an inspirational watch, full of tweaks, surprises and repurposed fashion ideas.
By mixing and matching garments, recycling old clothing and highlighting the trials and tribulations of fashion, these top tips are the perfect resolve in finding flattering styling with eco and recycling elements at the forefront.
At the end of the presentation the ever popular gift shop will be open for members to browse the latest collections of Amandas own designs, with the opportunity to buy a range of fabric jewellery and eco accessories at a members group discount.

Amanda Sutherland Contact Details:

01440 702105

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