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Godiva’s garments and boots nearly finished

  • Date: 23 May 2012
  • Area: Midlands
A pair of giant leather boots

The final fitting of Godiva's leather boots, hand-made by Northampton bootmakers, Horace Batten. Credit: Andy Moore

With just over two months to go until Imagineer Productions' Godiva awakes in Coventry as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, her beautifully designed and handcrafted garments are nearing completion.

Godiva Awakes is one of 12 public art commissions being created across the UK as part of Artists taking the lead - the UK Arts Councils' flagship project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

When Godiva awakes in University Square on Saturday 28July, the ten-metre-high, UK dress size 54 figure will be wearing a transparent modern-style medieval shift with gold hand-painted godets and trailing sleeves created by international fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and a group of Coventry University students.

The dress will be topped off with a beautiful silk coat, created by a team of regional textile and glass artists and embroidered with text and imagery reflecting the industries and traditional crafts of the West Midlands region. These include glove making in Worcester, glass-making in Smethwick, chain making in the Black Country as well as reflecting new emerging businesses such as the computer gaming industry growing and thriving in Leamington.

Once she arrives in Northampton as part of her journey, Godiva will be presented with a pair of made-to-measure leather riding boots, made by the Northampton-based bespoke boot maker Horace Batten. She will then wear these boots as she continues to London.

Claire Maddocks, Director Imagineer Productions said: "It's very exciting that Godiva's garments are nearing completion. All the items are a crucial part of the performance when Godiva awakes in July and all reflect key elements and the ethos of the project. It has been fantastic to have Zandra Rhodes working with budding fashion designers at Coventry University and developing their skills and experience with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

For further information visit Imagineer Productions' website