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UK Master Tailor Graham Cottenden to Lead USITT Costume Symposium at Penn State in July

USA – USITT’s 2016 Costume Symposium brings master tailor Graham Cottenden of the UK to Penn State University 27th - 30th July for four days of conquering the “Tricky Bits of Tailoring.”

Penn State’s Laura Robinson, who studied with Cottenden, said the symposium offers detailed instruction on mastering 19th century men’s tailoring challenges like welt and jetted pockets, lapel stitching, lining sleeves, and more.

“Participants will receive detailed instruction in the steps that give the novice tailor so much trouble, and tips that will improve the journeyman’s craft,” she wrote.

Cottenden is a costumier, tailor, and historian who graduated from the Wimbledon School of Art in 1975 and worked as a freelance costume designer and maker in London for 20 years before becoming an educator. He taught at the Arts University Bournemouth for another 20 years, and just returned from a one-year stint as head of wardrobe/artist in residence at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

The symposium includes a workbook, materials, lunches and a closing cocktail reception on Saturday, 30th July. Attendees will leave with a partially constructed jacket and the skills and confidence to finish it at home.

Participants will be asked to bring a basic sewing kit including tailor’s points and cutting shears, and a small notebook. Space is limited. Register by 1st May for lowest rates. Register here.

28th April 2016

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