CANCELLED - Conference 2020 Clothing on Paper

Friday, June 26th 2020 –Sunday, June 28th 2020


It is with great reluctance that the Committee of the Costume Society has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 conference which was to be held in Bristol.

The uncertainty over the effects of the Covid 19 virus and the possibility that organisations like ours, public buildings, hotels and transport operators might have to restrict their normal practices means that we cannot be certain that the conference would be able to go ahead as planned this summer.
Also, our programme was going to have a number of overseas speakers whose travel arrangement may well have become compromised.
We also have a duty of care to those people who might wish to attend the conference.

The key to having to take this decision now, rather than to wait and see how the situation develops, is to protect the Society from any further financial loss from our contractual obligations with the conference venue and other suppliers.

We will be contacting and making refunds to all who have already booked to attend the conference and are in the process of contacting the speakers.

We will notify all members of our arrangements to hold the AGM of the Society either by post, or digitally.

We are working on how we will judge and make the awards for the Patterns of Fashion and Patterns for Performance.

We intend to hold the planned ‘Clothing on Paper’ conference in Bristol in 2022.

The Conference team are currently working on our plans for the 2021 Conference in Manchester when we will explore how ‘Clothes Maketh The Man’ – we will release details of this as soon as we can.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard to get the 2020 conference planned, and to say to our speakers that I hope they will still be able to present their papers in 2022.

Philip Warren