The Patterns for Performance Award

The Patterns for Performance award encourages students to design a period garment for a character in a performance.

The Patterns for Performance Award launched in 2019 for students to design a period garment for a character in a performance. 

The Awards are an important part of the Costume Society’s output that promotes the high standard of craft and artistry that they produce. 

The 2023 winners of the Patterns for Performance Award were revealed at our London study day on July 15th 2023. This year the awards celebrated womenswear and students were encouraged to use patterns from both Janet Arnold and Norah Waugh.

For 2023, esteemed costume designers Michele Clapton and Alex Fordham were our judges and chose the winner. For more details see our dedicated 2023 page.

Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to see videos from all of our past award winners and finalists.

An award of £800 is given to the winner, with £500 for the highly commended, and £200 for the runner up. For details of eligibility and application forms see below.

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