Wednesday, 3 July 2013

EXCLUSIVE: The woman who dressed the Coronation Street icons

Coronation Street fans who watched the ITV programme Goodbye Granadaland a few weeks ago will have seen a lady by the name of Edna Walker interviewed on the show.

Edna was the original Head of Wardrobe when Coronation Street started in 1960.

She's the lady who dressed the women - and men - who went on to become some of our best loved and well known Coronation Street icons.

In an exclusive interview here on the Coronation Street Blog, Edna's spoken to me about her time on the show dressing the Coronation Street iconic characters such as Elsie Tanner, Ena Sharples and Annie Walker.

The interview's long with some great pictures. To give it the room it deserves, it's here on corrie.net.

I hope Corrie fans enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed speaking to Edna and writing her memories to share.

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22 comments:

Graeme N said...

Wonderful!

Flaming Nora said...

Thanks Graeme. It really was amazing to speak to her.

Nemo said...

Brilliant - what an exclusive! Thanks for sharing.

Deborah said...

Fabulous interview. Thankyou.

Llifon said...

Fabulous! What a fantastic coup! Very jealous Flaming Nora! :P

Great interview and you asked the questions we all wanted to ask.

njblas said...

Loved it! Well done...

bbhilda said...

Congratulations on a fabulous scoop Flaming Nora! It's wonderful.

Digger said...

Marvellous FN!! Very well done indeed.

Flaming Nora said...

Thanks all! :-)

Anonymous said...

Great interview! I admit to wanting to know more about her opinion of the current costumes and how well she thinks the wardrobe and characters go together! If she could dress one current character, who would it be?

Flaming Nora said...

I did ask her those questions about the current cast and costumes but she kept her own counsel :-)

Corriepedia said...

Brilliant interview - full of insights and juicy facts!

Anonymous said...

I wonder how she feels about some of those wardrobe items becoming so iconic. Did that surprise her?

Flaming Nora said...

No, she didn't seem surprised at all. A proper Northern woman, took it all in her stride.

Anonymous said...

Did she happen to mention whose idea "the hairnet" was?

Flaming Nora said...

I did ask her about Ena's hairnet but she said it was the make-up department who instigated it, not wardrobe.

Beth said...

How brilliant - thank you!

Mark said...

Great interview Nora. Regarding Ena's hairnet - she wore it for the first time in episode 4 when Ena was shown in bed.

Clinkers (David) said...

Lovely interview! I always enjoy these insights into life behind the cameras. Nice one Nora!

Anonymous said...

The hairnet was first seen in Episode 5 in the scene in the hospital: http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_5_(23rd_December_1960)

Canadian Bacon Sarnie said...

Just came across the article about Edna Walker. Loved it! Nora, you should write a book with her. The stories, the pictures, the history... too much fun. And, what a lovely looking woman still.

I do seriously want more though. I bet there's a lot of 'us' out there that would devour more of that.
Well done.

Canadian Bacon Sarnie said...

Catching up on my Corrie tidbits after a nice vacation in the Rockies ~ what a paradise. Just read the Edna Walker article.. So interesting! Loved the details and pics, her personality seems quite strong and beautiful. And, she's still a lovely looking woman.

I want more! Nora, how about collaborating with Edna and others on a small book for the fashion /wardrobe buffs of Corrie(???) There has to be more fun stuff to be shared and you're so darn good at it. That's what I want for Christmas.

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