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Register Now for the USITT 2021 Virtual Costume Symposium

Michael S. Eddy, Stage Directions • NewsStage Directions • July 9, 2021

USA/U.K. – USITT and Arts University Bournemouth are once again collaborating to bring you the 2021 Virtual Costume Symposium—a virtual costume study tour to introduce participants to British costume for theatre and film through the study of historical costume. This will run on Zoom from July 26 – August 6, 2021, with daily sessions at 11:00 a.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. BST. The cost for the 2021 Virtual Costume Symposium is $150 for USITT members; $200 for non-members.

Beginning on July 26, daily seminars via Zoom will include lectures, 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, and they encourage you to register as soon as possible.


View the entire schedule here.


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


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