The second year of my PhD has kicked off in style.
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend a short course at The School of Historical Dress in London.
The School of Historical Dress was founded by Jenny Tiramani (formerly Director of Theatre Design at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1997-2005), Santina Levey, and Vanessa Hopkins in 2011 to promote the study of historical clothing and dressmaking. As well as offering a variety of short courses each year, the School cares for numerous surviving garments and textiles and regularly publishes books about the cut and construction of historical dress.
The course I attended – Tailoring in Garments 1400 – 1800 – was all about historical tailoring practices. Taught by Melanie Braun and Claire Thornton, the three-day course was an intensive, hands-on insight into a range of techniques found in surviving garments and sources from across the centuries. The idea was to turn a neatly-stacked pile…
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