Sébastien Passot will bring early 17th century Netherlandish women’s fashions to life when he dresses a woman in an interpretation of the clothing seen in portraiture of the period, including all the various layers of garments, underpinnings and accessories. There will also be a dislpay of original pieces from our School collection that relate to those seen in the dressing.

Tickets £20 including refreshments are available under ‘EVENTS’ in our webshop at 6.30-8.30pm at
The School of Historical Dress
52 Lambeth Road
London SE1 7PP

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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.