The Team

The Team

Wendy Benstead, Managing Director

wendySince establishing her business, Wendy has worked with high profile clients and brands to build an impressive reputation as an all-encompassing costume and clothing service. With a keen understanding of marketing and visual representation, Wendy is able to lead projects for commercial clients to create brand aware clothing for advertising, as well as being able to work closely with designers in both screen and stage to ensure excellent design interpretation. Since graduating from her ‘Costume For The Screen And Stage’ degree in 2006, Wendy’s path has seen her work in well- established costume companies, gaining experience in cut and construction. She has subsequently acquired her own client base to ensure she now has a team of highly skilled staff who as a whole have cemented their place as a trustworthy, reliable business to design and create high quality garments across any industry.

Wendy enjoys film, with a specific interest in film noir, sci-fi and art house, and in her spare time finds great pleasure in attending galleries and exhibitions within the fashion and costume world. Her design icons include Alexander McQueen, Eiko Ishioka and Vivienne Westwood.

Contact Wendy directly: or call 07763 842253

Heather Coad, Head Maker

heatherHeather has a long since had passion for all things costumes and theatrical, starting out with a love of Disney Princesses and fairy tales and fantasy books, and ultimately leading to the completion of her degree in Costume at Bournemouth Arts University. This, combined with her love for comics and geek culture has cemented her hobby as a Cosplayer. Heather often attends Comic Conventions around the world where she wears her hand made replica costumes of some of her favourite characters. Heather enjoys going on long walks though Britain’s beautiful forests.

Her skills focus on attention to detail, high level pattern drafting and a superb understanding of cut and construction. Previous to taking on the position of Head Maker at Wendy Benstead: Costume and Clothing, she has worked as a dresser in the West End, on popular shows such as Singing In The Rain and We Will Rock You. Heather’s attention to detail in her Cosplay work pulls through to her construction skills and she has a keen eye for replicating costumes accurately from images, designs and existing garments, as well as meticulous finishing and excellent construction.

Contact Heather directly: or call 07450 863477 

Pip Atkins, Senior Maker

pipPip’s love for costume stems from her passion for the performing arts. After training at a musical theatre school Pip decided her skills were better suited behind the scenes and changed her career path. She undertook a BA in Costume and Performance Design at Arts University Bournemouth and graduated with a First-class honours degree in 2017. With a fresh passion direct from University, and an excellent skills base for garment construction, Pip was added to the full time team after a short stint freelancing. She has an eye for creative pattern cutting and detail, and loves to explore challenging techniques. She is skilled in high level sewing techniques, and has an excellent understanding of clothing cut.

She loves fashion and art; finding great joy following designers and creating her own hybrid style of clothing. She also likes reading fantasy books and can often be found listening to an audiobook while working! Pip continues her love for the performing arts, taking dance classes and seeing shows whenever possible, and loves travel and trying exciting food.

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Ruth Mongey, Head of Design

ruthRuth graduated top of her class from the costume design and construction course at the world renowned West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, excelling in illustration and creative design. Whilst still studying Ruth worked backstage on various large touring productions, such as Les Miserable and Grease. Ruth has worked around the globe, having experience on Broadway, working with the design team of Peter and The Star Catcher, helping build their national tour.

Since graduating she has worked as the resident designer and maker for a Perth based dance company, worked as a maker at the West Australian State theatre company, branched out and designed and build the sets for a couple of theatre productions, amongst numerous other roles in the creative industry.

Since moving to London early 2014 Ruth has worked as the Senior Maker at Wendy Benstead Costume and Clothing before being promoted to Head Of Design after showing accomplished design skills whilst heading up campaigns for numerous international brands. With an excellent understanding or character and performance needs, Ruth is able to design with flair and originality.

Ruth is an avid traveller and is a passionate “foodie”, slowing dining her way around Europe from her new base of London. She also has a keen interest in interior and restaurant design.

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