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.

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 2021 winners of the Patterns of Fashion Award were revealed at an Exclusive Event as the finale of the 2021 Costume Society Conference during Session 5 on Wednesday 21st July 2021 BST

You can see the finalists on our YouTube channel

An award of £500 is open to students studying on costume and fashion-related education courses that involve the design and realisation of costume. 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 Patterns of Fashion 2022 will be celebrating menswear. Students are encouraged to used patterns from both Janet Arnold and Norah Waugh.

Awards are given to those students that produce a garment with the best feel for their chosen period, with the winner receiving £500, with £300 for the highly commended, and £200 for the runner up. For details of eligibility and application forms see below. 



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