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nancy dean gorman nova halo astral apparel

Salutations! Welcome to the virtual hub for Astral Apparel. 











My name is Nancy and I am the founder, designer, curator, maker and merchant of Astral Apparel. 

I specialise in weaving chain and scale maille, cardinal goldsmithing, setting gemstones and crystals, and fashioning garments (usually hand sewn) that evoke nostalgia or otherworldliness. I like to incorporate vintage or antique findings, making some of my pieces small runs or even one offs. I have been commissioned by various international performers as well as the National Theatre in London, England on multiple occassions and most recently for a Hollywood Film (the title which I will hopefully soon be able to disclose).

My creations are an inspired amalgamation of my flirtations in circus and dance, an ongoing academic affair with astronomy, love of mythology, childhood RPGs and the 'natural world'.

Astral Apparel began when I studied Fashion Portfolio Preparation at Kensington & Chelsea College shortly after leaving school. My first collection was inspired by folklore and vintage circus. In later years I would develop costumes for my own music [under the dream rock band Nova Halo] and dance performances.  On one particular occasion I was due to perform at a medieval themed festival and discovered scalemaille, which I taught myself to weave in order to lower the costs of owning any. From there I developed a passion for learning about metals which led into jewelling and began to share my services. As well as my own handmade creations, Astral Apparel has more recently become a stockist for carefully selected gems I find in all kinds of secret treasure troves.

I believe that dress and adornment can be transcendent. I hope that when someone wears Astral Apparel, they feel elevated from the mundane. Though the main justification of dressing is functional, I believe that adornment holds an underrated, sometimes undiscovered power, too often reductively be passed off as frivolous or superficial. Adornment is alchemy, a way to play, inspire, express gratitude or tell a story.  A medium for lucid living, a prompt to enjoy the present moment, sensuality. Adornment does not underestimate the power of inviting beauty into our surroundings, to cultivate joy, which we all need a bit more of. And while joy is not exclusive to material goods, it is not excluded from it either. 

For the magpies, perpetual dress up enthusiasts or those in search of a style re-awakening- I welcome you to peruse Astral Apparel's offerings and thank you very much for visiting.

Nancy x 

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