Costume Symposium 2023 - special guest speaker announced
Jenny Beavan to be keynote speaker
We are delighted to welcome award-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan OBE (Mrs Harris Goes to Paris) as keynote speaker for the talks day at the University of Huddersfield on Friday 1 September 2023. With 12 Academy Award nominations for Best Costume Design and three wins, A Room With A View, Mad Max: Fury Road and Cruella, Jenny Beavan also has nine BAFTA Award nominations for Best Costume Design and four wins, A Room With A View, Gosford Park, Mad Max: Fury Road and Cruella, as well as the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design and a Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design for the revival of Private Lives.
Other speakers will be confirmed soon. Workshops covering Corsetry, Dyeing and Enhancement, Embroidery Embellishment, Handmade Gloves, Men’s Period Tailoring and Millinery will be held on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September. Registration for Costume Symposium 2023 will open shortly.
Costume Symposium 2023 dates and venue
Costume Symposium 2022
Costume Symposium 2022, which had to be postponed in January 2022, was held at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September, with a day of talks, including a keynote session from award-winning costume designer Phoebe de Gaye (Killing Eve), a Q & A with actor Miranda Richardson, a panel discussion on how we can promote costume making as a career, a costume demonstration and a presentation from ScreenSkills, followed by two days of hands-on workshops. You can see photos from the event here.
About Costume Symposium
In 2017 award-winning costume designer Susannah Buxton was invited to speak at a costume symposium for young technicians and designers held at the Opera House in Oslo, Norway. The experience inspired her to set up a similar event in the UK. The first UK Costume Symposium was held in London in June 2018, followed by the second at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2019, the third at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2022 and the fourth at the University of Huddersfield in 2023.. There will be further events in other parts of the country.
Costume Symposium videos
Here are some taster videos from our talented tutors. Michele Carragher and Toni Bate were tutors at Costume Symposium in 2019 and 2022, and Riina Õun was with us in 2018 and 2022.
Toni Bate, Course Leader MA Costume Making at LIPA, shows how to cut a period bodice on the stand. Toni ran a period ladies’ wear pattern cutting workshop at the Costume Symposium at LIPA in 2019 and was the tutor for the Women’s Period Tailoring workshop at the 2022 Costume Symposium.
Have a look at the video from the third UK Costume Symposium held at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (2 – 4 September 2022) for a taste of the talks and workshops at the symposium.
Watch this video from the second UK Costume Symposium in Liverpool (6-8 September 2019) to see what it’s all about.
Here’s the video from the first UK Costume Symposium in London (15-19 June 2018).
Here’s a trailer for a video from the Crafts Council in which Susannah Buxton talks about her career as a costume designer and why it’s important to share knowledge and experience with designers and makers through events such as Costume Symposium. To see the whole film visit the link at the end of the trailer and scroll down the Crafts Council page.
Photos from costume symposium 2022
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- Embroidery Embellishment
- Dyeing and Enhancement
- Handmade Gloves
- Talks day
- Men's Period Tailoring
- Women's Period Tailoring
what participants have said about Costume Symposium
Registration is now open for Costume Symposium 2023. Further information here. Join other costume professionals and students at the University of Huddersfield from 1 – 3 September 2023 for three days of talks and workshops by costume specialists in film, theatre, television and opera. Click to download registration form (Word) Click to download registration form […]
Save the date: the fourth UK Costume Symposium for costume designers, technicians, makers and BA and MA Costume students is heading north and will be held at the University of Huddersfield from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 September 2023, with the usual mix of talks and workshops. Registration will open in June. In the meantime, […]
Photo: David Lukacs / Ada Films Ltd – Harris S We are delighted to welcome award-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan OBE (Mrs Harris Goes to Paris) as keynote speaker for the talks day at the University of Huddersfield on Friday 1 September 2023. With 12 Academy Award nominations for Best Costume Design and three wins, […]
It’s a new year and we are starting to make plans for the 2023 Costume Symposium. It has always been our aim to hold the event in different parts of the UK to give potential participants the chance to attend without the expense of travelling long distances from home. So far we have held the […]