I grew up in Brighton, and with artists for parents, was always surrounded by interesting people in some wonderful clothes.
I graduated in costume design from Wimbledon School of Art and after a stint in theatre, my big break came on the film ‘Troy’, and that was the start of an 11 year career in film costumes.
I have been lucky enough to work with a fantastic team of incredibly talented designers and makers on 30+ films, from the epics ‘Alexander’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ to the weird and wonderful worlds of Tim Burton’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’. I have made (and unmade!) a wide range of costumes, from period costumes for Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett, to suits for Daniel Craig and clothes for Oompa Loompas.
I left the film industry in 2008 to start a family. A year later I was back in my studio making one off bespoke designs for friends, which I loved. Whilst doing that I also made myself a few bits. I had been given some Harris Tweed from Tim Burton’s film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and it was from this that I made myself a poncho. Friends saw me in my poncho and asked me if I could make them one, then one of their friends would ask them where it was from and before I knew it I was spending a lot of time making them and sourcing tweeds from the fantastic Shepherds Bush Road in London.
Fast forward to today: I now have two young children, a team of wonderful seamstresses making Liberty Kelly clothes and travel the country to showcase Liberty Kelly!