Hi, I’m Diane Gorham – an Historical Costumer in Chandler, Arizona. I’m also a closet historian… Late at night, you may find me watching historical documentaries about English kings and queens of old or rooting through my family tree for nuggets of historical renown, hoping to find an unclaimed estate or castle back in Scotland or England! I haven’t found any castles but I have learned that three of my great-grandparents were involved in the textile/fashion industry as tailors, seamstresses, or silk mill workers. It’s in my blood!
When I’m not sewing, I’m busy with home life and experimenting with recipes (I sometimes dream of testing out my culinary skills against other competitors or being yelled at by a bossy British chef) or volunteering for my local Jane Austen Society. If it were possible, I would be traveling every weekend; I love experiencing new places and meeting people of different cultures.
Sewing historical costumes allows me to connect with people in a unique way. I have been blessed to showcase some of my work with a local photographer in Arizona, Nakupenda Photography who dedicates 10% of every sale to educational scholarships for children living in Kibera, Kenya.
I’m delighted to be a wife, a mom and a Christian. I treasure my family who thankfully feel the same. I think they just sort of chuckle inside when they see me dress up (yes, I do it too)!
I have a lot of fun in my work and I’m very diligent. I consider it an honor when people trust me to help them to “look the part” and be assured that they’re dressed historically appropriate!