Little Red Village


Henry Wilkinson, Givenchy and Hepburn specialist

Season 2, Ep. 7

Jonathan Joseph and Rachel Elspeth Gross interview Henry Wilkinson to discuss the process of restoring a 1960's Givenchy dress that was worn by Lee Radziwill and Jackie O.

Henry is a fashion historian who specializes in Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn. He's got this habit of finding, acquiring and then bringing back to life pieces from the house but of stories which might rival the women who wore them.

Henry distinctly remembers as a child, being gifted physical copies of the classic films My Fair Lady and Breakfast at Tiffany's. For Henry, his early love of fashion is permanently entwined with Hepburn and Givenchy, although he will admit to a certain amount of Cecil Beaton 's influence. 

Two weeks into lockdown in the United Kingdom, Henry found to borrow his words, a tangible link to the Past, not many of us could see a listing for an early 1960s, Givenchy bodice plus maybe five inches of skirt and see something special but Henry did. Now he's completed the process of restoring what has turned out to be a significant one of a kind piece from more than 60 years ago. If that's not enough to impress you. After a ton of research, it turns out that the dress had originally been owned and worn by Lee Radziwill & Jackie O.

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Dr. Vanessa Paugh, Software Engineer and Digital Fashion Designer

Season 2, Ep. 12
Jonathan Joseph and Rachel Elspeth Gross interview Dr. Vanessa Paugh, a brilliant woman who is using simple, easy to follow instructions to teach anyone how easy it can be to design their own digital fashion. That might sound impossible, but it's true. Even the simplest of applications or programs don't show you how the work is done or teach you how to actually make stuff. Dr. Paugh wasn't satisfied with that. She wants kids and people generally to understand how simple it is to learn to make games and in the process of doing so gain valuable skills that allow anyone to be a more active participant in our ever expanding digital world. Because there were no books to buy. There were no accessible materials, Dr. Paugh began to make them and the first one is free, you could be well on your way to creating your own 3d Dress Up game, by the time this interview is over. Dr. Paugh is an engineer who wants you to know how capable you are. She wants you to know that the things you will imagine can be made real. She wants to show you the tools that you need to design your own digital world and she wants you to know that there are excellent free programs that you absolutely can learn to use. The work that Dr. Paugh is doing, what she is offering us is so much more than generous. It's like the keys to a whole kingdom, but a kingdom of your own design and she wants to help you learn to make it to your own exact specifications.