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Deconstructing Tailoring with Graham Cottenden

Thurs 12 Sept 14.30 - 18.00
Costume studio

Deconstructing Tailoring with Graham Cottenden


This workshop invited participants to deconstruct and reconstruct the most ubiquitous garment in the West, and to invent a new dress / object out of it, while commenting through their work on our relationship to the suit.  Through this process the participants explored the complex layering inherent to the engineering of the suited body and re-fashioned it in response to the experience of the undoing of its structure.

Experience in sewing machine skills was required.

Price: £12

Image: Experimental menswear design by Marios Antoniou.

Key contributors

Graham Cottenden

Graham Cottenden graduated in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art, Graham is currently a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design at the Arts University Bournemouth. He has worked in full time higher education for 20 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 in costume interpretation, tailoring and international exchange. Graham is currently working on a future publication on male tailoring and continues to deliver lectures and costume workshops worldwide.