Professional Review and Articles I have been interviewed for since 2008.

Below are professional reviews of my costume work / articles that I have been interviewed for over the years from various media sources. 

April 2016 – TVNZ article on the Pop Up Globe

Other articles:

February 2016 – Pop Up Globe Interview. Viva Magazine.

February 2016 – Romeo and Juliet Review. Theatre Review.

January 23 2016- Much Adoe About Nothing. New Zealand Herald.

January 19, 2016, Much Adoe About Nothing.

“All the actors wear bespoke authentic Elizabethan costumes, constructed especially for this production by costume designer Chantelle Gerrard. Chantelle brings a wealth of experience in historical costume making and design, including a recent stint in the UK working on Game of Thrones as a costume maker. Chantelle says, “I have always loved historical costume, it has always captured my imagination – especially this time period. The opportunity to design and create the costumes for this production is both a pleasure and a challenge and I am looking forward to it.”

Jan 27 2016 – Much adoe about Nothing Review. Theater Scenes.

“There are no lighting changes. Hanging chandeliers with fake candles cast a dim pallor over the stage. Chantelle Gerrard’s gorgeous costume designs give us a sense of Elizabethan fashions, and especially the way that social standing and gender is weaved into the garments.”

September 2015 – Auckland Chamber Orchestra. New Zealand Herald.

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The dress in various stages of decay. A mix of tea and paint was used to stain and degrade the dress.

“Few performers can totter, swoop, shriek and cajole as this singular mezzo can. She did all this and more in a virtuoso turn, dressed like a zombie courtesan of two centuries ago in a Chantelle Gerrard gown.

A minimal but effective set by Tracey Collins, dominated by a crazed wedding cake, was a stark playground for her rambling and raving, adroitly choreographed by Marianne Schultz. If there was stridency, it was dramatically sanctioned and, throughout, six instrumentalists, conducted by Peter Scholes, provided a sensitive backdrop….

…Although this work could seem like a museum piece in our cooler-than-cool times, this brave production could be considered for the country’s burgeoning festival circuit.”

Classical review

What: Auckland Chamber Orchestra
Where: Raye Freedman Arts Centre.

NZ Herald

July 2015 – Pennsic war. Pittsburgh America. By Elizabeth Miles / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

…”Many skills inspired by the SCA are transferrable. The King of Lochac, Paul Adams, has become a professional actor. Christine Bess Duvaunt of New Zealand recently made costumes for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Armor makers have been hired by museums to make replicate armor, research on name origins has become doctorates.”…

June 2015 – SCA Crown Tournament. Auckland. Sunday star times – Stuff article.

“…For most it remains a hobby, but some turn it into a career. Deep in conversation at the table behind us is Peter Lyon, the swordsmith and armourer who rose to fame after designing the hero weapons in the Lord of the Ringsmovies. Watching the fencers duel outside, Christine Bess Duvaunt (aka Chantelle Gerrard, 34) is resplendent in a red gown lined with a possum fur fringe. The self-taught costume designer and high school teacher recently got home from a seven-month stint working on season five of Game of Thrones. “Really, I wouldn’t be doing this if it hadn’t been for the SCA,” she says. “It was years of people going, ‘Can you make me this?'”

The clothes can’t just be pretty. Gerrard considers how the people who wore them would have moved, fought, or milked the cows at 4am. She describes the process as experimental archaeology: “Taking all the clues and putting them together. It’s really interesting trying to solve the mystery.”…


Self-taught costume designer Chantelle Gerrard (aka Christine Bess Duvaunt). Photo: Shane Wenzlick/

At face value, the SCA is a bunch of geeks playing dress-up. But it’s also a bastion of long-forgotten values, skill-sets, and community. Chantelle Gerrard travels overseas to SCA events every year, and has made good mates around the world.

“In all honesty, the reason I do this is the people; amazingly talented people, who support each other,” she says.

Peter Hyde agrees. “It’s not just a thing you do,” he says. “It’s a lifestyle. It’s a family.”

 – Sunday Magazine”

March 2015 – Greedy Cat, Tim Bray Productions.

…”Actors appear and it’s immediately apparent that the costumes, designed and made by Chantelle Gerrard are exceptional as well. They’re functional and vivid, support the overall design concept and enhance the picture-book-come-to-life creation that is at the heart of Bray’s excellent production… ”

December 2014. Santa Claus Show, Tim Bray Productions.

…”This year’s performance is as slick in its simplicity as you could want from a Tim Bray Production. John Parker’s design, Michael Craven’s lighting design and Chantelle Gerrard’s costumes are spot on – particularly for the toy scene. Master Four is enthralled from the get-go. He is impressed that the whole show is signed (by another Kelly: Kelly Hodgins) although he feels bad that some people are not able to hear Kristie Addison’s music.”…

April 2014 – The Owl and the Pussycat. Tim Bray Productions

June 2014 – The Whale Rider. Tim Bray productions.

November 2013 – EXHIBITION

“Heritage Hijinks at Lake House

Lake House is part of this year’s Auckland Heritage Festival which spans a two week period 28th Sept – 13th Oct. We have a broad programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy…

Perfectly timed to compliment heritage week, Bustle is an exhibition that brings together recreated historic costume and the visual arts. Selected costume pieces spanning the last 500 years by Costumier Chantelle Gerrard will be on display to capture the beauty and industry of their time. Specific art works that have been made to compliment them will also be shown. Showing from the 30th September to 20th October.”
April 2013 – Dragon of an Ordinary Family. Tim Bray Productions.

“…and assorted props plus Chantelle Gerrard’s costumes help to keep the audience focused throughout the performance,…”

September 2013 – Mrs Wishy Washy. Tim Bray Productions.

…”The costumes (Chantelle Gerrard) are true to the wonderfully vivid, original illustrations of Elizabeth Ann Fuller and are brought to life in excellent fashion by all the members of the cast. “….

July 2010 – Snake and Lizard.Tim Bray Productions.

“…The desert rocks – costume design by Chantelle Gerrard – are a triumph…”

July 2010 – Greedy Cat, Tim Bray Productions.

…”The first striking thing about Greedy Cat is his delightful costume designed and constructed by Chantelle Gerard – smooth light brown bodysuit adorned with cosy-looking fluffy ginger stripes, a magnificent tail and superb facial makeup designed by Natasya Yusoff which blends su-purr-bly with the scalp and ears.”…

April 2010 – Man Whose Mother was a Pirate. NZ Herald Article on my work.

“If you’ve been to one of Tim Bray’s productions in the past three years, you’ll have seen the work of prolific costume designer Chantelle Gerrard.
True to form, the Devonport costumier is burning the midnight oil for the upcoming production of The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate.
Directed by Amanda Rees, with songs by Christine White, the show stars Denise Snoad  and Sam Berkley, supported by Julian Wilson and Courtney Chittenden. TV newsreader Simon Dallow makes a cameo appearance.
Bray, who has adapted Margaret Mahy’s story for the stage, says: “The costumes Chantelle makes always receive rave reviews.” He says he’s extremely grateful for “the hard work she puts in and the amazing costumes she comes up with on meagre budgets”.
Gerrard has been making, sourcing and designing costumes  since 1999.
“No one ever taught me to make anything but, if I look at a picture or how a garment has been constructed, I can make it,” she says.
Also a singer and actor, Gerrard veered off into specialising in costumes because the work fits in with her other, full-time job. “It’s something I can do at 4am in the morning.”
“I admire that he [Bray] makes next to nothing from these productions. He does it to give kids a great time. He’s someone I’d go the extra mile for.”

July 2009 – Ugly Duckling / Emperors new clothes. Tim Bray Productions.

“…I’d like to acknowledge Amanda Rees as director on this show – she worked with me on a revision of the script, and brought a wonderful vision, a great cast and some deft creative touches to the show, and worked with Michael Knapp and Chantelle Gerrard our designers, for a great look…”

December 2009 – Cinderella Pantomime, Howick Little Theatre.

“…Laura made two Cinderella dresses as part of her NCEA textile project – the servant’s outfit and the ball gown. It was a year-long assignment, in which students had to identify and work with a client over 12 months, coming up with garments that satisfied them.

“I chose Chantelle Gerrard, who is a costume designer for The PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna. She’s also designing the rest of the outfits for the Howick Little Theatre’s float in the Santa parade…”

May 2008 – The Twits, Tim Bray Productions.

“…Musician / Narrator Ludwig Treviranus (if that’s his given name he was clearly destined for a life in the finer forms of musicianship from the start) lazily twiddles out some snappy electro-geek jazz before the lights go down.  The musical style combined with the blue plaid print suit and nerdy glasses strongly suggest a Herbie Hancock influence….

… Chantelle Gerrard … adorned the players with due aplomb.  Mr and Mrs Twit resemble brain-fried vagrants.  The Mugglewumps resemble monkeys as one would hope, thanks also in part to the facial makeup design of Li’l Wump Yusoff.  My son loved Roly Poly Bird, while I’m torn between his and Treviranus’ outfits for a personal favourite….”

January 2008 – The wind in the willows, Tim Bray Productions.

“…The costume design of Chantelle Gerrard and Sara Kolijn, which is splendid early 20th century British attire for the most part, along with Mem Bourke’s abstractly representational makeup artistry, combine to serve the characterisations excellently. …”

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