Harry Quinert - born 1994, Melbourne Australia.
Studied a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University, graduating with distinction. From 2013-2015, I sought extracurricular apprenticeship in costume construction and history, under tutelage of Ms Tricia Simmons, the resident costume cutter.
Since 2015, I have maintained a well-appointed studio space in Cheltenham, and have honed techniques in fine couture and draping during a short course at CAE, Degraves Street, Melbourne, under guidance of Mr Bill Woodhouse.
In 2017, I undertook a course in professional costume design and construction at Melbourne Polytechnic in Prahran, under tutelage of Ms Amanda Silk and Ms Maida Jereb. I completed this course with high distinctions, and my two main projects from that year can be viewed in the gallery section. During this course, I also completed an internship at The Australian Ballet, assisting with their production of Alice in Wonderland. During these experiences I feel I have gained a substantial degree of insight into the profession, as well as the fine technical skills necessary to meet the demands of this fast-paced industry.
An incorrigible history geek, my work is always undertaken with an understanding, appreciation and genuine affection for the garment, and the character for whom it is made. It is my belief that the truest and most intimate form of history lies not only in castles and battlefields, but in the clothing of those whose stories played out therein. My ambition is to continue my work and expand my skills, with a view to soon working as a professional costume designer for a major theatre, opera company, film or period television drama. There, I hope my combined passion for history and costume will be fulfilled.
The white cockade, as depicted on this website's banner and reflected throughout my work, is a symbol of note from the period following the end of the French Revolution in the late 18th Century (where the roughly anglocised "Quinert" name originated), and denoted the hope of returning peace to a fragmented Paris.
It was again utilized by notorious francophile, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who sported a white cockade in ivory silk for the inauguration of her husband John F. Kennedy in 1961. Since then, it has been synonymous with the optimism and elegance that typified these two periods. Tradition, ambition and hope for a bright future; a perfect emblem for a budding enterprise.