2021 Virtual Costume Symposium

USITT and Arts University Bournemouth are once again collaborating to bring you a virtual costume study tour. Starting on July 26, daily seminars will introduce participants to British costume for theatre and film through the study of historical costume.

Sessions will include lectures by university professors, including 19th century tailoring, historical underwear, and dress in the age of Versailles. There will also be talks by industry professionals, a virtual museum tour and a series of hands-on workshops focused on costume surface decoration. The virtual symposium will be an exciting event for all participants. Registration is now open. We hope you can join us!

View the entire schedule here.

View Workshop Information and materials list here.

View Stomacher Pattern Instructions here.


Dates: July 26 - Aug. 6, 2021

Platform: Zoom

Daily Sessions: 11 a.m. U.S. EDT; 4 p.m. BST

Pricing: $150 for USITT members; $200 for non-members


Program to include:

Two Industry Talks – film/television and theatre speakers to be confirmed – possibly more

Two Virtual Tours – Looking at dress history through museum collections, including accessories

Four Seminars – Looking at men’s and women’s dress

  1. Men’s 19th Century Tailoring - An introduction to Katerina’s Tailoring Channel
  2. Dressing the Gent
  3. Historical underwear
  4. The study of dress through paintings

Practical sessions – across the two weeks; 30 minutes per session

  1. Textile surface decorative techniques