My weekend: Naomi Gibbs

Naomi Gibbs
Naomi Gibbs
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Naomi Gibbs, 28, is a costume and clothing designer from Southsea. She designs for theatre and has formal wear and vintage labels Society Belle and Whistlebait Rockin’ Threads.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

We enjoyed a family mini break to Cardiff to celebrate the birthdays of my partner Andy and son Oscar, who is five. We were there to explore the Doctor Who Experience at Cardiff Bay, as we are all complete and utter nerds. We also made the most of seeing the city.

What was the last gig you went to?

Andy and I took a trip to London as we were put on the VIP guest list to see Adam Ant performing at Hammersmith Apollo. We went to the after-show party to catch up with friends afterwards and then (outrageously) stayed out all night and rolled up at the front door at 8.30am.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

Some friends were putting on a production of Terry Pratchett’s Witches Abroad at the theatre on the HMS Collingwood base in Fareham, so we went. It was a thoroughly enjoyable few hours and it made me wish that I was ‘front of house’ more often to marvel at the work of those involved.

And the last book you read?

I’m currently working my way through The Sign of Four from the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and also Edith Head’s Hollywood, which is a fascinating biography of the famous costume designer. That book is the perfect material for someone like me.

What was the last film you saw?

I curled up with our new baby on my lap and watched Cover Girl (right), with Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly on DVD. It’s a beautiful razzle-dazzle story about a chorus girl who wants to hit the big-time.

What do you watch on TV?

I enjoy watching BBC 4 documentaries. And I do love the re-runs of vintage game-shows! Catchphrase is the best. I’m looking forward to seeing what the new Dawn Porter series This Old Thing

on Channel 4 about vintage fashion is like. Doctor Who (right), Sherlock and the Tudors are some of my favourites also.

Where do you shop?

I try to use local small businesses for most things so I shop a lot along Eastney Road, Palmerston Road and Albert Road. I make most of my own clothes but for the children and my partner, I buy predominantly from H&M and Moss Bros.

Where’s good for a day out?

We often head out to Canoe Lake with a picnic, from where we can go to the beach, the city’s playgrounds or the splash pools. We visited the charmingly kitsch Model Village last weekend. It’s so cute and children love it. Oscar loves the Blue Reef Aquarium too.

Do you have any hobbies?

My hobbies dovetail perfectly with my profession. I adore dressmaking and designing in the style of the 1950s as a hobby when I am not making for a client. I spend quite a bit of time devising ways to engage Oscar’s interest and mind and keep his behaviour in check with imaginative sticker charts and cartoons!