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 2017

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

Our finalists were:

Rachel Walker from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with her luxurious silk and lace C1861-4 Evening dress

Katie Hawken from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with her lovely C1780-90 Gown made in calico

Mr Jerry Moore from Plymouth College of Art with his embroidered C1605-20 Smock

The winner was Amy Jones from the Coleg y Cymoedd with her superbly researched and made Youth's brwn leather jerkin C1560

We were indebted once again to  our judge, John Bright, Founder and Managing Director of Cosprop to fulfill this very difficult task when once again he said how impressed he was with the very high standard of entries show. He felt that the winner had undertaken extensive research and experimentation before very successfully creating the jerkin.

The finalist was awarded £500,and the finalists received £100 each. 

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 2016 Amy Jones Youth's brown leather jerkin 1560 Coleg Y Cymoedd
  • Winner Patterns for Fashion 2016 Amy Jones Youth's brown leather jerkin 1560 Coleg Y Cymoedd
  • Winner Patterns for Fashion 2016 Amy Jones Youth's brown leather jerkin 1560 Coleg Y Cymoedd
  • Finalist 2016 Katie Hawken C1780-90 Gown - made in calico Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Finalist 2016 Katie Hawken C1780-90 Gown - made in calico Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Finalist 2016 Jerry Moore C1605-20 smock Plymouth College of Art
  • Finalist 2016 Jerry Moore C1605-20 smock Plymouth College of Art
  • Finalist 2016 Rachel Walker C1861-4 Silk evening dress Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
  • Finalist 2016 Rachel Walker C1861-4 Silk evening dress Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

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