Patterns of Fashion & Patterns for Performance online Q&A for students

Monday, 4 December 2023

The Costume Society would like to invite all students interested in applying to The Patterns of Fashion & Patterns for Performance Awards to join us for an online Q&A on the 4th of December at 7pm. The competition's Co-Chairs, Amy Hare & Sarah Magill, will be on hand to speak more about the awards and answer questions from students before the Friday, 8th of December application deadline.

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

Students applying for Patterns of Fashion should aim to reconstruct a garment from one of Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion books or Norah's Waugh's Cut of Men's Clothes and Cut of Women's Clothes, as far as possible to the pattern specifications - not to a contemporary figure or to a scaled down size.

The Patterns for Performance competition is for a design based on a character for a performance - dance, theatre opera or film.The starting point for the design should be a Janet Arnold period pattern from one of her Patterns of Fashion books or a Norah Waugh pattern from The Cut of Men's Clothes and Cut of Women's Clothes.

You should enter this competition not only for the possibility of winning a cash prize but also for the experience that will leave you with a portfolio of skills and an excellent example of your own workmanship. The competition will be judged by a panel of highly respected costume professionals, including Michele Clapton. For details of eligibility and application visit our website.

The Q&A session will be held via Zoom, students will be able to register via EventBrite.

If you have any questions please contact our awards team.

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