Clem started adapting patterns and making her own clothes at the age of 12 when the clothes in the shops didn’t match the ideas in her head. She took a degree in Fashion design, with a subsidiary study of historical costume, which led her to take a 4-year studentship in Textile conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum, gaining one of only four places offered every two years.

Here, as well as working on the museum’s collection of lace and embroideries, she became intimately acquainted with the structure of 18th and 19th century ladies’ garments and had the valuable experience of working on the conservation of gowns for the refurbishment of the costume court in 1983.

She has been making bespoke wedding dresses for 30 years, drawing on her knowledge of cut and construction gained both at college and the V&A, her handling of fine and fragile textiles, and her experience of altering and remodelling dresses from high street shops and designer labels.
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