Garage Fire and Post-Conflagration Photoshoot

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As some of you may already know, on December 28th we had a garage fire – a faulty socket started a rather unexpected conflagration. The fire was discovered by our neighbours and the fire brigade was called….

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whatever you do, do not open the door…. raging inferno inside….

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fire quenched…. all steaming nicely…

The firemen did a starling job, and an hour later the garage was soaked in water, steaming like hell, but secure – and so the boys left,  bearing quite a lot of our post Christmas posh choccies –  at least a token of gratitude.

The next morning we inspected the damage….  there was a lot of personal items there, bikes, re-enactment stuff, tools, tents, camping gear, furniture etc – but also almost all my stock – both finished items ( including the gowns from the Autumn Bride collection) and  wool, silk and linen awaiting their turn to be sewn up into lovely costumes. It also contained quite a lot of other people’s items,  things left  behind, or brought for re sizing, embellishment etc…

The inspection did not bring good news – just a few pictures here…

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that heap contains most of our re-enactment footwear – Regency riding boots, 18th century shoes, medieval ones, my cavalry boots ; all melted….

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that’s what remained of my bucket tops cavalry boots….

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unlikely survivors… fire-starters… how ironic!

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the culprit

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the clothes were ruined – the ones n plastic covers, or in the wardrobe were covered with melted plastic, charred, some burnt. some , mostly wool, were just dirty – but changed size a bit – being first hot, then wet, and then drying up in still hot garage overnight, the wool shrank…

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  Fortunately we were insured – unfortunately I didn’t realize  that in order to cover the 3rd party items i need to have an additional third party option – public liability was apparently no good, as the folks who lost their things would have to claim on their own insurances and prove that I was liable – negligent, or actually starting the fire. since it was plain I wasn’t – they would lose the case. So now it looks like the money the insurance is going to pay for the stock and business equipment  is going to be mostly spent on paying up other people. The insurers were a bit surprised that that ‘s what i need to do – they clearly though that was other people loss and nothing to do with me. It was just as clear to me, that i cannot afford to treat my clients so – and they are all being reimbursed ( about 4 grand…) as soon as the money arrives..   lesson to other costumers etc – do check your insurances for the 3rd party damage!  I have learnt my lesson….

 I will  just have enough to pay up for the new fabrics to help me rebuild the stock ( will take a few years…).  oh well. Not a good start of  the year, but nobody was hurt – and most of the possessions are just that – possessions….

 There was a silver lining though – we decided that the lovely charred wall in the garage and all the damaged items are only too good not to take advantage of, so we held 2 photo shoots in the garage, exploring the post apocalyptic, distressed ideas, letting the gowns shine one last time….

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a bit of Judith and Holofernes going on here….

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good acting, Lucas!

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a bit of lady Borgia….

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Pride and prejudice and the Zombies!

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 Many, many thanks to the models who come over and got dirty with us!

 photography – Pitcheresque Imagery

models: Miss Lilian Love, Helen Underwood, Jenny Bowers, Izabela Pitcher, Lucas Pitcher

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10 thoughts on “Garage Fire and Post-Conflagration Photoshoot

  1. Gosh, it mush have been terrible for you, I can imagine what that inspection felt like.
    This is one of the nice things about living nowadays, less beautiful cloths but less chance of the house burning down.
    Still, brilliant of you to turn it in to a very gorgeous photo-shoot

  2. These photos are stunningly beautiful. If you were to make something from them; a coffee table book, a calendar or something of the like, I believe that they would sell, even if it were just to those of us in your costuming community. Why not put together some kind of fundraising campaign to put together a book, like Kendra did for her 18th century hair book. I bet you would get a huge response. Or, you could just sell individual prints. I would buy one. It might help you recoup some of your losses.

  3. I’m so so sorry that this happened to you but this photo shoot is just beautiful! Well done for your positive attitude and for your loyalty to your clients. I wish you all the best.

  4. You’re attitude is wonderful… reminds us all that out of disaster can rise something equally creative and fabulous… perhaps more so.

  5. Wow, I have seen some of the photos on Facebook but there are some really awesome ones here I have not seen before! Love the Judith and Holofernes inspired one, the fighting girls and the one with the arm. It is great that you at least managed to make this wonderful art out of destruction. You are inspiring!

  6. Oh, you have made the best of a terrible situation with these photos. They really are spectacular. Truly, you are a phoenix!

  7. All respect to you for finding the silver lining in such a disaster. The pictures are wonderful, and the clothes, though destroyed, still look amazing.

  8. Pingback: The Myth of Perfection | A Damsel in This Dress

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