A dressing evening with Juliet Rylance as Perdita from Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

Besides courses, the School is doing events regularly : evening dressings by candlelight, conferences and study days, during which original objects from the Collection and reconstructions are usually displayed.

More recently, in order to open up the collection to a wider audience, exhibitions are being organised once a year on selected days.

The first exhibition, ‘No. 1 WHITE’, included displays on ‘Ruffs’, ‘Muslin’ and ‘New Fashions from Old’. The Summer 2023 exhibition, No. 2 BLUE, focused on zero-waste versus wasteful use of fabric in cutting clothes. Our third exhibition ‘Our Collection by Colour No. 3 BROWN’ was dedicated to 300 years of tailoring c.1720 to c.2020.

‘The Patterns of Fashion Festival on the 1st to 4th December 2023, was held at Conway Hall in Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury and at our School in Lambeth Road, Waterloo.  There were presentations, dressing demonstrations, an exhibition and tours of our school.  We celebrated the work of Janet Arnold and the publication of all six books in her Patterns of Fashion series in colour editions by our School.  Download the FULL PROGRAMME HERE.

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Special events can be booked from our shop, under “events“.

The School does not have regular opening hours and is not open for visit except during courses, exhibitions or special events.