The Patterns of Fashion Award

The Patterns of Fashion Award honours the work of the dress historian Janet Arnold (1932-1998), a founder member of the Society.

An award of £500 is open to students studying on costume and fashion-related education courses that involve the design and realization of costume. It is awarded to the student who has, in the opinion of the judges, produced a reconstructed garment from a pattern in one of the Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion books 1-4 – or C17th Women’s Dress Patterns, books 1 &2, edited by Susan North and Jenny Tiramani that reflect the high standards presented in these books.

You should enter this competition not only for the possibility of winning but for the experience that will leave you with a portfolio of skills and an excellent example of your own workmanship. The competition is about your development and understanding of period craft skills in pattern cutting and sewing.

Use this link to download the Patterns of Fashion Application Form CostSoc_PofF_Award_Patterns_of_fashion_form.pdf

Notes for guidence can be downloaded here: Notes_for_guidance2015.pdf

Closing date : 30th April 2018

The 2017 Conference was held in the beautiful Art Workers Guild that seemed a very apt historic setting for the Patterns of Fashion Award. Once again the Oscar winning John Bright, Founder and Managing Director, Cosprop was our wonderful judge.
There were three finalists:
Helen Shipp from Coleg y Cymoedd University who had painstakingly made her reconstructed white quilted satin jacket with hood, C1745-60 from the National Trust’s Snowshill collection.
Heidi Peace from Plymouth College of Art who so skilfully dyed and made her silk chiffon reconstruction an afternoon dress made by Madame Vionnet C1922 from the Centre de Documentation du Costume collection.
Stephanie Badley from the Arts University Bournemouth  reconstructed her ottoman silk day dress C1887-9 from the V&A Museum collection.
The winner was Stephanie Badley with John commenting on the complexities of the garment, her excellent choice of fabric that held the style so perfectly and the fact that she faithfully reconstructed her garment from Janet Arnold’s pattern that is actually not correct because the back does not allow for the extra length required because of the bustle cage! Stephanie had been unable to find suitable fabric for the pouched panel so had experimented with different devoure methods using the fleur de lys pattern until she was satisfied.
He said of the two finalists that their garments were both remarkable. The quality and quantity of the quilting of Helen’s jacket was exceptional – this was particularly evident in the hood where the stitching was perfect on both sides. He suggested that a firmer canvas should have been used to hold the shape of the garment better. Of Heidi, he commented on the care taken in painstakingly dying the chiffon to achieve the different tones and how she had handled the chiffon very skilfully. He commented the apparent simpler the construction of a garment, the more difficult they can be because any slight inaccuracy becomes very apparent. No inaccuracies were found!
The winner received £500 and the finalists each £200 – all so well deserved.

 

Award winners

Clementine Greeley RWCMD, 2014

Morning Dress C1798-1805

Hermione Gibbs, University of Glamorgan 2013

1660-5 Bodice made by Hermione Gibbs University of Glamorgan

Emma Wilson is awarded 2012 Patterns of Fashion

The four finalists for the 2012 Patterns of Fashion Awards came to Bath on 7 July.

Louise Taylor, Wimbledon College of Art 2011

Louise was declared the winner with her exquisite reproduction of a 1770s brocade gown with quilted petticoat.

Frances Campbell, Arts University College at Bournemouth 2010

The Patterns of Fashion Award Winner in 2010

Sarah Woodington, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 2009

The Patterns of Fashion Award Winner 2009

Josephine Thomas, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 2008

The Patterns of Fashion Award Winner 2008

  • Winner 2017 Stephanie Badley Arts University, Bournemouth C1887-9 Day Dress V&A
  • Winner 2017 Stephanie Badley Arts University, Bournemouth C1887-9 Day Dress V&A
  • Winner 2017 Stephanie Badley Arts University, Bournemouth C1887-9 Day Dress V&A
  • Winner 2017 Stephanie Badley Arts University, Bournemouth C1887-9 Day Dress V&A
  • Winner 2017 Stephanie Badley Arts University, Bournemouth C1887-9 Day Dress V&A
  • Finalist 2017 Helen Shipp College y Cymoedd C1745-60 white quilted satin jacket with a hood National Trust Snowshill Manor Collection
  • Finalist 2017 Helen Shipp College y Cymoedd C1745-60 white quilted satin jacket with a hood National Trust Snowshill Manor Collection
  • Finalist 2017 Heidi Peace Plymouth College of Art C1922 An afternoon dress made by Madame Vionnet Centre de Documentation du Costume
  • Finalist 2017 Heidi Peace Plymouth College of Art C1922 An afternoon dress made by Madame Vionnet Centre de Documentation du Costume

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