The School Of Historical Dress Limited

The School Of Historical Dress Limited

Charity information

The School Of Historical Dress Limited

To promote the study of historical dress and textiles by the students, both of the Western World and of other cultures, and to base such study on primary evidence such as surviving clothing.

Founded 2009

  • Mission statement

    Our mission is to establish the school with a curriculum that covers all aspects of the designing and making of historical clothing for theatre, cinema and the living history movement, with a unique approach focusing on developing the skills and understanding needed to create new generations of ‘historical tailors’, seamstresses and other specialists. All teaching will be from practitioners who are actively working in various related areas of dress – cutters, tailors, sewers, costume and fashion designers, historians and conservators.
    The school will encourage new research into historical dress and introduce students to the tools needed for this, such as how to study an object, identify its materials, cut, construction and historical context, and then how to document the object by pattern taking, drawing and photography. Students will then be taught to make such garments themselves.
    Our current fundraising project is to buy a building to house the School in London, with spaces for our extensive ‘handling’ collection of surviving examples of historical clothing and textiles, based on the collections of Alan and Vanessa Hopkins, together with our paper and digital library of the History of Textiles and Dress, based on the library of Janet Arnold.

  • Aims

    The School Of Historical Dress Limited aims to:

    • To teach and promote the study of historical dress and textiles
  • Overview

    Established: September 2009

    Registered Charity Number: 1142188

    Board members: 9

    Part time staff: 12

    Volunteers: 4

    Phone number: 00447930606116

    Address: 47 Charles Square London N1 6HT

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