Tidligere kursus 2007

Shakespearian style

- in co-operation with Tillskärarkademin, Göteborg

Participants should choose a male Shakespearian character they would like to make – bring a design or picture to copy dated approximately 1595 – 1610.
Consider the chosen character and find a suitable image.

The emphasis of this course will be on the cut and construction of the doublet and breeches and therefore all participants will draft the same doublet and breeches c 1595-1610 to start with, which can then be individually altered to suit your design or picture. We will discuss the character as we construct the costume.

Although participants will work individually they will work together as a group to given deadlines each day

Each morning and afternoon session will start/end with a group discussion and re-cap on the work covered so far.

There will be continuous opportunity for questions

Participants should have a good basic grounding in sewing by hand and machine
No cutting experience is necessary - but of course it always helps!

Underviser: Graham Cottenden

Graduated in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art, Graham is a
Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Costume for the Screen and Stage course at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth.
He has worked in full time higher education for 13 years after nearly 20 years as a freelance costume designer and maker. His specialist area is Male costume and tailoring.
His main areas of responsibility on the costume course are within the areas of costume design and interpretation, tailoring, international exchange, and peer assisted learning and widening participation.
Graham has recently completed an MA at Middlesex University in research and practice in costume. This work is in preparation for a book Graham is developing on 18th century male costume.
In February 2005, as part of the BA costume team, Graham received a HEFCE staff award in ‘recognition for outstanding achievement and commitment to volunteering’. This award was achieved through the continuing work of the BA Costume course team that enables students to work with a local school as part of a Peer Assisted Learning programme. This work is part of the Institute’s Widening Participation strategy.
Graham continues to do professional practice, working on interactive costume for the Victoria and Albert Museum and delivering costume workshops in Europe and the USA.

Practical information:


The course will take place at Tillskärarkademin, Kvibergsv. 5. Göteborg. App.10 minutes from the town centre. Please see www.tillskararakademin.se  for further information.


The schools cafe is closed but you are welcome to bring and prepare your own food.

We have reserved a couple of 2 beds rooms at Kvibergs vandrerhjem very close to the school. You can also book a small cottage. Please see www.vandrarhem.com where you can find the prices and other information.


Tuesday 31st August
12.00 Welcome and Lunch
13.00-18.00 An Introduction to male styles of the late 16th – early 17th century, their cut and construction. The Flat Pattern Draft: An introduction and step by step guide and suggested approach to cutting the doublet.

Wednesday 1st August
9.00-17.00 The Flat Pattern Draft: An introduction and step by step guide and suggested approach to cutting the breeches. Cutting out and canvas preparation. Drafting and cutting the sleeves.

Thursday 2nd August
9.00-17.00 Constructing the doublet ready for fitting

Friday 3rd August
9.00-17.00 Constructing the breeches ready for fitting

Saturday 4th August
9.00-16.00 Discuss fitting, lining, decoration and general finishing.
18.00 Goodbye dinner




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