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June 2016


Symposium To Focus on Tailoring's 'Tricky Bits'

Kevin McClusky VC-Symposia and Pre-Conference Events, CT&D Commission

A master in 19th century men’s tailoring will provide a masterful masterclass at the Costume Technology & Design Commission’s annual symposium July 27 to 30 at Penn State University’s School of Theatre in State College, PA. The deadline to register is June 15. Register here.

Graham Cottenden—costumer, tailor, and historian—will travel “across the pond” to share his “tricky bits of tailoring.”  A graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art, he was a senior lecturer in costume for over 20 years.  His work has appeared on stage as well as both the big and small screen including Back to the Future.

The symposium’s host, Laura Robinson, is a tailor who studied with Cottenden and will help guide participants through the finery of the craft.

Over the course of four days, participants will make a partial jacket focusing on welt and jetted pockets; canvases; pad stitching the lapel; making, lining, and inserting a sleeve; and preparing and adding the collar. 

For more information on and registration for the Costume Symposium, visit www.usitt.org/costume16.  Contact Robinson directly at lkr13@psu.edu for general information and Christine Troscher at Christine@usitt.org registration information.

The symposium is limited to 40 participants, so register as soon as possible to save a place at the tricky bits table!