Aylwen is a historical costumier, experienced dancer and professional events organiser.
As a costumier she has studied at home and abroad for many years and her expertise is now sought after by people all around the world. She has made most of the many different costumes worn for performance by the Earthly Delights musicians and dancers and assisted many others in our academy's scene in the making of theirs. She has also taken commissions from far and wide for the making of dress items of all eras.
In September 2013 she led a historic 1800s clothing tour of England and curated a Regency costume exhibition at Jane Austen Festival Australia. In 2014 she presented a series of talks about historic clothing from the last 500 years at the Dickson Library in the ACT. In 2015 she taught historic sewing workshops in Canada and the United States and in 2016 was invited to teach historic sewing workshops in Germany. She is presently studying a Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation (specialising in textile conservation) at the University of Canberra with a book on "Trims, Frills and Furbelows from 1730-1830" to be published in early 2018 after conducting research in museums in the UK in 2017.
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As a historic dancer, she has been part of all of Earthly Delights' dance teaching series, ball series and dance display groups. She has also been for many years the display partner and teaching assistant of her husband John Gardiner-Garden, including most recently on their 2016 5-week tour of Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria and France; 2015 6-week dance tour of US & Canada; 2014 4-week dance tour of Italy and Germany; 2013 3-week dance tour of England; 2012 3-week dance tour of Italy,Germany & Switzerland; and their 2011 8-week 20-engagement around the world dance tour.
As a tour organiser, Aylwen has organised 2 thirty-person performing tours to Queensland, an 8-week tour across the US, UK and Denmark, a 3-week tour to Switzerland, Italy and Germany, a 3-week 12-person historic costume tour of England, a historic costume & dance tour to Italy and Germany and many other out of town dance tours.
As an Events Manager, she has organised nearly 1,000 classes, dances, balls and special events over the 16 years she's been Earthly Delights administrative coordinator, Director of the annual Jane Austen Festival Australia since 2008, and organised all the events on the above-mentioned tours. See other pages for a glimpse of past and upcoming series and events she's been involved with organising. Aylwen is happy to discuss her special historical costume presentations suitable for museums, schools and heritage sites.
If you have any questions or enquiries please feel free to contact Aylwen by email.