The Patterns for Performance Awards


Deadline for Application for Patterns for Performance 2020-21 11th December 2020

The Patterns for Performance is a new strand for the Awards, launched in 2019, encouraging students to design a period garment for a character in a performance.

Michele Clapton, costume designer for Game of Thrones and The Crown, was our judge and chose the winner.

2020's shortlist were all graduates from Wimbledon School of Art, University of the Arts London (UAL): Evie Bertram, Sophie Jones and Eleonora Pariselli responding to Into the Woods, Romeo and Juliet and the Magic Flute.  

All of the garments were based on the Janet Arnold patterns for the primary research, while also taking account of further scholarship such as the work being undertaken by Jenny Tiramani and Susan North.

The design was based around any character for a performance, including dance, theatre and opera, with the designs and final costume expected to extend, expand, and develop the theatricality of the garment. Initially, the design, and supporting research, was submitted as a toile made in calico, which was then photographed as part of the interim submission.

The  shortlisted entries were then offered the opportunity to develop their toile into a fully realised costume.

Both competitions are open to any student currently studying at second year undergraduate level and above, including post-graduate.

Patterns for Performance are saddened to see that access to museums and archives is still limited by closures due to Covid19. We will be taking these restrictions into account in the judging of this award and hope that students will still be encouraged to enter their work.

The Awards are an important part of the Costume Society’s output ad we are keen to continue to promote the high standard of craft and artistry that they produce.



Award winners

Evie Bertram, University of the Arts: Wimbledon College of Art 2020

Evie Bertram won the Patterns for Performance 2020 Award

  • Winner: Evie Bertram University of the Arts: Wimbledon College of Art 1898 Afternoon Dress
  • Highly Commended: Sophie Jones University of the Arts: Wimbledon College of Art c1615-20 Doublet Heissiches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt
  • Runner up: Eleonora Pariselli University of the Arts: Wimbledon College of Art c1745-55 Sack dress with closed front and wide skirt Victoria