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. There will be further events in other parts of the country.
Costume Symposium videos
We are hoping to hold a physical event again in the autumn this year, and in the meantime, here are some taster videos from our talented tutors. Look out for more videos from our other tutors, and watch this space for news of this year’s plans as they become clearer.
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.
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 2019
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- Embroidery Embellishment
- Pattern cutting
- Period tailoring
- Renaissance knitting
- Talks day
what participants said about Costume Symposium 2019
We are hoping to hold a physical event again in the autumn this year, and in the meantime, here is a taster video from one of our talented tutors. Look out for more videos to come from our other tutors, and watch this space for news of this year’s plans as they become clearer. Embroiderer […]
Costume Symposium UK founder Susannah Buxton has been invited to join the Honour Committee of Spain Hat Week, along with acclaimed Spanish designers and the committee’s president, British milliner Stephen Jones. Spain Hat Week is a millinery festival that welcomes hat and fashion designers, millinery supply companies, fashion school students, experts in fashion communication, social […]
Award-winning costume designer and Costume Symposium UK founder Susannah Buxton will take part in an LFS (London Film School) masterclass on Tuesday 28 July at 11.00 BST. Susannah, whose credits include Downton Abbey, Burton & Taylor, Mr Wroe’s Virgins and Poldark, will discuss her work with Candida Moriarty, Head of Production Design at LFS, and […]
We had planned to hold the third UK Costume Symposium at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in September 2020. Due to Covid-19, the symposium has been postponed. As our practical workshops are hands-on and involve close contact with tutors, we would not be able to deliver the full workshop experience while maintaining social distancing […]