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 2016

After selecting our four finalists from an excellent entry this year we were not disappointed.

Our finalists were:

Zi Young Kang with her beautiful 1861 day dress that was beautifully made with her digitally printed silk
Nina Barnes displayed her1915/16 fresh white muslin day dress – with skillfully embroidered scalloped edges
Elena Grandi flew in from Milan where she is a student at La Scala Theatre School.  She brought her lovely damask C1775-85 Caraco jacket.

The winner was Katherine Newbury from the Arts University, Bournemouth with her exquisitely embroidered 1610-15 & 20 Margaret Layton jacket. For someone who had not done any embroidery before it was an exceptional piece of work.

We were very pleased to be able to double the normal prize money this year owing to our member’s generosity with the Jubilee fund and were indebted once again to  our judge, John Bright, Founder and Managing Director of Cosprop.

The quality of all the finalists work was extremely high and the Society was able to enhance the Award using funds from the Jubilee Fund. The finalist was awarded £800, two of the finalists received £300 and one £200. Our judge decided the apportioning of the Awards. For the first time we had an applicant from overseas and she was selected as a finalist.

The work of the winner and finalists are shown.

Award winners

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 Patterns for Fashion 2015 Katherine Newbury embroidered 1610-15 & 20 Margaret Layton jacket Arts University, Bournemouth
  • Winner Patterns for Fashion 2015 Katherine Newbury embroidered 1610-15 & 20 Margaret Layton jacket Arts University, Bournemouth
  • Winner Patterns for Fashion 2015 Katherine Newbury embroidered 1610-15 & 20 Margaret Layton jacket Arts University, Bournemouth
  • Winner Patterns for Fashion 2015 Elena Grandi C1775-85 Caraco jacket Fondazione academia Teatro alla Scala
  • Finalist 2015 Nina Barnes displayed her 1915/16 muslin day dress University of the Arts, Wimbledon
  • Finlist 2015 Nina Barnes detail of muslin dress
  • Finalist 2015 Zi Young Kang digitally printed silk 1861/3 day dress Leeds University
  • Finalist 2015 Zi Young Kang Leeds University

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