Costume Society Awards announced

Freelance costume designer Alex Fordham announced the winners of the Costume Society's Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion and Patterns for Performance 2022 awards at The Costume Society's annual London study day on 9th July 2022.

The Costume Society's annual Patterns of Fashion and Patterns for Performance awards celebrate Janet Arnold’s significant contribution to dress history and specifically her invaluable texts Patterns of Fashion to inform costume practices. Both of the awards invite students of dress history, costume practice and costuming to develop a final outcome using one of her patterns from the books published. The Patterns of Fashion award asks the applicants to produce a historically accurate outcome informed by one of Janet Arnold’s patterns, and the Patterns for Performance invites the applicants to use one of Janet Arnold’s patterns to inspire a design for a performance garment.

This year saw a very high standard of entries, and three finalists were selected for each award.

We are delighted to announce the winner for this year’s Patterns of Fashion AwardMilly Whitefield, who replicated a 1625 -1630 doublet.

We are also delighted to announce the winner for this year's Patterns for Performance Award: Caroline Husband, who designed a waistcoat for the character of Herman from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades.

“It was extremely difficult to choose a winner for both Awards this year as the work was so excellent,” said Judge Alex Fordham.

“The Patterns of Fashion and Patterns for Performance Awards are just one of the ways the Costume Society engages new generations with the wonders of fashion history ensuring the skills and techniques of the past remain relevant for the future. Every year we are blown away with the quality of entries and are delighted to present these Awards to those students demonstrating the highest of standards in craft and creativity.” said the Costume Society’s Vice Chair, Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas.

The award winners were announced during the society’s London study day event which also included two keynote speakers Dr. Llewella Chapman on ‘The James Bond Look: Marketing menswear through 007 in the 1960s’ and Dr. Michael McMillan on ‘Daddy Cool: Ageing black male bodies & embodied styles’.

For more information about both awards including all finalists and past winners, please see: The Patterns of Fashion Award and The Patterns for Performance Awards.

For press images or interviews with the finalists, please contact: Babette Radclyffe-Thomas, News Editor at the Costume Society.

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