The Patterns of Fashion Award


Deadline for Applications for Patterns of Fashion 2020- 21 is 11th December 2020

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.

Patterns of Fashion are saddened to see that access to museums and archives is still limited by closures due to Covid19. We will be taking these restrictions into account in the judging of this award and hope that students will still be encouraged to enter their work.

The Awards are an important part of the Costume Society’s output ad we are keen to continue to promote the high standard of craft and artistry that they produce.



Award winners

Carrie- Ann Stein, South Essex College, 2019

c1630s Fustian Waistcoat, Zeal's House, Wiltshire

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.

  • Winner 2020 Shelley Venables Arts University Bournemouth c1873- 75 Promenade Dress Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Highly Commended Nivera Gilbert University of the Arts: Wimbledon College of Art c1837-41 Morning Dress Gloucester Museum
  • Runner up: Olivia Richardson University of the Arts: Wimbledon College of Art 1931-32 Evening Dress Museum of Costume (now Fashion Museum),