Costume Commission - A Study Tour Abroad

Discover British Costume Collections
Sponsored by the Arts University Bournemouth
United Kingdom
June 17-28, 2019



Registration has closed for the

Bournemouth Study Tour.



$3000 - USITT Members

$3500 - Non - USITT Members


$2000 Deposit due upon registration.

Remainder of balance will be invoiced on March 31 when the final balance will be due in full.

* A charge of $250 will be added to registration after March 31 2019 if seats are still available.


***Prices Do Not Include Airfare***




Programme Summary

This two week program led by Mandy Barrington will provide participants with a unique insight into British Costume for Screen. 2019 celebrates the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth; using Queen Victoria as the main theme for this specialist program, participants will be given an insight into the screening of the successful British television series ‘Victoria’. This will include talks from industry professionals, specialist workshops in millinery, where participants will have the opportunity to design and make an individual Victorian Bonnet. Plus, a series of visits to see costume collections across the country.

During the first week the visits will include two days in the North of England, visiting Stockport Hat Museum, the wonderful costumes at Berrington Hall and Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the last Mitford, and the sometime prison of Mary Queen of Scots.

The second week will include visits to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, Queen Victoria’s family home and a retreat from the stresses and intrigues of Court Life. Designed by Prince Albert in the style of an Italian renaissance Palazzo, Osborne House was built between 1845 and 1851 and is where Victoria felt most at home.

We will end the study tour with a two day visit to London that will include Angels Costume Tour:  They are a BAFTA winning costume department used in many movies all over the world. On the final Friday we will visit collections held at The Victoria and Albert Museum.

The study tour will include three workshop days, two overnight stays, one in Manchester and the other in London, including a theatre performance. We also hope to include some surprise visits and special events that enhance your visit.



Your Presenter & Host

This intemandynsive program will be led by Mandy Barrington, author of “Stays and Corsets Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body.” Mandy is a Senior Lecturer in Costume at the Arts University Bournemouth with a first class honours degree in Costume design and a Masters in Costume, and she has been teaching our next generation of costume makers for over 14 years. Mandy has also taught internationally in both Japan and Taiwan, delivering specialist courses in textiles, historical pattern cutting and costume making techniques to fashion students. She has also supported the university and international department through her promotional visits to the Far East.


Visits include

Blandford Fashion Museumlouis

Berrington Hall

Stockport Hat Museum

Chatsworth House

Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Warner Bros. Studios – The Making of Harry Potter

Michele Carragher, Embroiderer on Game of Thrones

Victoria and Albert museum or Clothworker’s Centre for the Study of Textiles and Fashion

Manchester – 1 day visit (overnight stay)

London- two day visit (overnight stay)

Theatre performance (TBC depending on dates for tour)


For Program Schedule Click Here

Schedule is subject to change