Orchestra Audience

An Audience with

Amanda Sutherland


Amanda Sutherlands creative talks have now been running for over 10 years and have received huge recognition with the Women's institute, U3A groups and social groups. The talk covers the areas of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk which is generally within a 50 mile distance of the studio. Having received outstanding reviews and standing ovations, Amanda brings her experience of fashion, costume, crafting and creative business skills to the mix and delivers in an informative and humorous way which is guaranteed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.


An exciting Career journey through Film, Television and Theatrical costume design with an insight into running a successful accessories business.

Audiences have been completely amazed at the enthusiasm and creative energy that this presentation is delivered. Amanda talks about her career journey working as an assistant costumier, a bridal wear consultant, a wardrobe assistant for Westend shows and as a freelance designer.

The talks are informative and amusing as well as having inspired 1000s of audience members with often a standing ovation. The part one talk which has received numerous awards and has featured in many newsletters. A stunning display of headdresses and accessories complete this award winning presentation.

At the end of the presentation the ever popular gift shop will be open for members to browse the latest collections of Amandas own label, with the opportunity to buy a range of fabric jewellery and eco accessories at a members group discount.


The part 2 talk is the perfect follow up to the original presentation, where audiences will be guided through the changing trends of costume design with a showcase demonstrating original garments and accessories from the 1920s-1950s. Highlighting the importance of underpinnings from past eras with corsetry, hip rolls and pads onto the celebration of the more relaxed designs of the 20th design.

Amandas successful business has been inspired by accessories from previous decades. Audiences will be shown how the glamour of the Victorian era, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s have inspired her stunning accessory collections which are available worldwide.

This talk combines both historical costume references and beautiful visual displays.

At the end of the presentation members are invited to browse the ever popular gift shop where eco jewellery and vintage style hats and neckwear are available to purchase at the usual group discount.



Having received both BTEC and national diploma levels in fashion design and styling, Amanda will show the most fabulous garment recreations that can be achieved from charity shop finds and old keepsakes. with simple yet effective methods.

This newest addition to the speakers diary is a fun packed masterclass, demonstrating various ways in adapting everyday clothing, from worn and badly fitting garments into exciting and unique fashion pieces.

Amanda will show examples of clothing hacks which are easy to recreate and a presentation which once again will prove to be an inspirational watch, full of tweaks, surprises and repurposed fashion ideas.


By mixing and matching garments, recycling old clothing and highlighting the trials and tribulations of fashion, these top tips are the perfect resolve in finding flattering styling with eco and recycling elements at the forefront.

At the end of the presentation the ever popular gift shop will be open for members to browse the latest collections of Amandas own label, with the opportunity to buy a range of fabric jewellery and eco accessories at a members group discount.

If you are wanting to enquire about the presentations or wish to make a booking please contact me and i will be happy to assist.
Basic fees are approx £50.00 - £60.00 per booking plus travel expenses based on the national standard milage rate.
Please take into account with the recent severe rise in diesel costs that the national milage rate has risen to 0.55p per mile.
Due to a high demand of bookings I have opened up the 2023- 2024 diary. so please do get in touch for availability and information


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  • Newmarket U3A - 27th June

  • Horringer court WI - Bury - 4th July

  • Fairfield WI - 6th July

  • Honington and Sapiston WI - 12th July

  • Holland on sea WI - 14th July ( evening)

  • Mildenhall WI - 19th July (morning)

  • Great Ashby WI - 4th August

  • Heybridge U3A - 12th August (daytime)

  • Harpenden WI - 18th August

  • Gibson WI - 1st September

  • Great Notley WI - 5th September

  • Potton WI - 6th September 

  • West Bergholt - 7th September

  • Moreton and district WI - 8th September (daytime)

  • Risby WI - 8th September (evening)

  • Stretham  WI - 13th September

  • Broomfield U3A - 14th September (daytime)

  • Writtle WI - 14th September (evening)

  • The 95 club Sudbury - 15th September

  • Barton mills club-21st September (afternoon)

  • Stondon WI - 21st September (evening)

  • Anthenaeum group Bury - 28th September( morning)

  • Essex Federation green week event - 1st October

  • Sawston WI - 3rd October (tbc)

  • Elmswell WI - 5th October (daytime)

  • Bishops Stortford U3A - 10th October (daytime)

  • Redgrave ladies group - 11th October

  • Elsworth WI - 12th October

  • Rickinghall WI - 13th October 

  • Langford WI - 14th October

  • (I am unable to take any talk bookings between the 17th October to the 1st November due to trade show commitments) 

  • Moreton hall WI - 2nd November 

  • London Colney WI - 8th November

  • Welling ladies group - 9th November

  • Leigh on sea U3A - 10th November

  • Silverthreads group Marks Tey - 22nd November ( daytime)

  • Thurston WI - 1st December 

  • St John wives group Loughton - 5th December

  • Walsham le willows WI - 14th December

  • Upminster ladies Probus Group - 21st December

2023 Diary

*Felsted WI - 11th January
* Heath ladies Probus group - 18th January ( daytime)
*Bocking ladies fellowship - 19th January
* Landbeach WI - 8th February
* Bocking ladies probus group - 9th February
*Orsett ladies group - 1st March
* Rayne WI - 7th March
* Ipswich ladies luncheon group - 8th March 
* Buntingford WI - 9th March 
* Abington and Hildersham WI - 13th March
* Barton mills and district WI - 14th March
Sainsburys veteran association - 16th March
* Kingsbury WI St Albans - 21st March ( morning)
* Great and little Sampford WI - 28th March ( daytime)
*Walsworth Townswomens guild - 4th April ( evening)
*Waterford WI - 6th April
*Stevenage old town WI- 12th April
* Long Melford WI - 13th April
* Chapel WI - 19th April
* Little Gaddesdon WI - 20th April
* Sainsburys veterans Bishops stortford - 26th April
* Sandy owls WI - 3rd May
* Stamford-le-hope U3A - 11th May
*Gislingham WI - 17th May
*Weavers Guild Notley - 20th May
* South Woodham ferriers - 7th June
* Great Chesterford WI - 20th September
Sainsburys veteran association - 21st September
* Women's Christian fellowship - 27th September
* Terling Ladies group - 10th October
* Earls Colne WI - 16th October 
* Anthenaeum group Bury - 18th October (morning)
* Harpenden ladies probus group - 23rd November

Upcoming Market events
HELEN ROLLASON VINTAGE FAIR - Cressing temple barns - 10th July 2022
A selection of the beautiful accessories range are showcased at these events with a range of hats, neckwear and gift ideas. We have a small selection of fascinators at the events to allow customers to try on with bespoke ordering available online or in person with Amanda.