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.
c1770 Polonaise and underskirt with full period underpinnings. Gallery of English Costume, Manchester.
C1887-9 Day Dress V&A
Youth’s brown leather jerkin
Margaret Layton jacket 1610-15
Morning Dress C1798-1805
1660-5 Bodice made by Hermione Gibbs University of Glamorgan
The four finalists for the 2012 Patterns of Fashion Awards came to Bath on 7 July.
Louise was declared the winner with her exquisite reproduction of a 1770s brocade gown with quilted petticoat.
The Patterns of Fashion Award Winner in 2010
The Patterns of Fashion Award Winner 2009
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.