The Patterns for Performance Awards


Deadline for Application for Patterns for Performance 13th December 2019

The Patterns for Performance is a new strand for the Awards, 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 first winner.

This year's shortlist were all graduates from Wimbledon School of Art, University of the Arts London (UAL): Clara Gelston, Eve Oakley and Beatrice Darwell-Taylor responded to Verdi's La Traviata, and Ben Jonson's The Alchemist

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.

2020 Application Form

Notes for guidance

Award winners

Clara Gelston 2019

CLARA GELSTON won the first Patterns for Performance Award

  • CLARA GELSTON won the first Patterns for Performance Award