Since the publication of The Tudor Tailor by Batsford in
March 2006 Ninya Mikhaila has been busy with many and varied projects.
The first of these being the birth of
Minnie Mikhaila Perry in September
2006, whose arrival required a slow down of pace for a few months. Minnie joined Ninya at Kentwell Hall in July 2007 to take part in the
Annual Recreation of Tudor Life where she played the part (very
convincingly) of the tailor's daughter.
Ninya Mikhaila and daughter Minnie play the parts of the
tailor's wife and baby daughter at Kentwell Hall in July 2007
Whilst research for the follow up to The Tudor Tailor has taken up
much of Ninya's time there have been some notable costume projects.
These include a hunting outfit for a figure of Henry VIII which is
included in the new exhibition at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
and three mid-eighteenth
century soldier's coats for the Face of War exhibition at Fort
Ticonderoga, which clothed
some of the excellent figures made by Gerry Embleton's Time Machine.
The arrival of Ninya's second daughter, Holly May Perry, in October
2008, brought about two photoshoots with Tudor Tailor photographer
Henrietta Clare. The first took
place two months before the birth with the intention of illustrating how
the Tudor woman's wardrobe was adapted to accommodate pregnancy whilst
the second shoot focused on six week old Holly who ably demonstrated how
a sixteenth century baby was swaddled. The resulting series of
photographs will form the basis of future publications.