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.

The 2019 Patterns of Fashions Award and the NEW Patterns for Performance Award will be announced at the end of September. Please return soon for futher information.

Award winners

Chu Siu-Ming (Jason), Hong Kong, 2018

c1770 Polonaise and underskirt with full period underpinnings. Gallery of English Costume, Manchester.

Amy Jones, Coleg y Cymoedd, 2016

Youth’s brown leather jerkin

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 2018 Chu Siu-Ming (Jason) Hong Kong c1770 Polonaise and underskirt with full period underpinnings. Gallery of English Costume, Manch
  • Highly commended 2018 Lauren Thompson 1597-1600 leather doublet, with a high-crowned leather hat of 1600-1610 Stibbert Museum in Florence.
  • Runners up 2018 Jennifer Miller c1882 Evening dress in striped silk and velvet. . Museum of London
  • Runners up 2018 Shaunnah Crosbie c1866 day dress. Museum of Costume.

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