Stephanie has a BA as pattern-cutter, draper and modelist from the Ecole Superieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (founded in 1841 in Paris by the riding habit maker of the Empress Eugenie), and a certificate in the same from Mueller und Sohn in her native Munich.
This followed studying Art/Costume History at degree level at the University of California and a year long costume internship, resulting in several seasons making costumes for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. She has been with Past Pleasures Ltd since 1992 and has taught modules in ladies' historical pattern cutting at Wimbledon College of Art, where Past Pleasures gives annual prizes to graduates of the Costume Interpretation course.
Steph provides bespoke reproduction period costume for a wide variety of clients; these include the Historic Royal Palaces, English Heritage sites, as well as museums, London's theatres (including the Globe) and opera houses, the media and film industries and local authorities throughout the UK.
The excellence of Steph's costumes - their cut, fit and attention to detail - has been recognized by the V&A, for whom Past Pleasures has provided costumed interpreters in the costume gallery and various exhibitions. Alongside managing the costume department, Steph oversees financial and human resources elements of the business.
Steph continues to collect original ladies' clothing spanning 280 years, some of which was recently hired for copying by the costume designer of the film 'Lincoln'.