Register by June 15 for USITT Costume Symposium!


Register by June 15 for USITT Costume Symposium
with UK Master Tailor Graham Cottenden, July 27-30

USITT’s 2016 Costume Symposium brings UK master tailor Graham Cottenden  to Penn State University July 27-30 for four days of conquering the “Tricky Bits of Tailoring.” The deadline to register is June 15. Register here.

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 said.

Cottenden is a costumier, tailor, and historian who graduated from the Wimbeldon School of Art in 1975 and worked as a freelance costume designer and maker in London for 20 years before becoming an educator. He just finished 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, July 30. 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 at

More details and hotel housing at a reduced rate can also be found at

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