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Find out more about the history of the paper pattern industry and the companies that produced patterns in this illuminating online workshop.

Discover the origins of patterns with tutor, Victoria Haddock. From the tailoring manuals of the 16th century and the dressmaking publications of the 19th century, to the film costume-inspired Hollywood and Starred patterns of the 1930s and 1940s, you'll explore their origins through the patterns bought today.

Victoria Haddock has an MA in the History of Design and Material Culture from the University in Brighton, where her dissertation focused on the topic of fashion tie-ins inspired by film costumes during the 1930s. She is a freelance writer and researcher who also works in collections care for Zenzie Tinker Conservation Ltd and has previously worked for the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, and the National Trust’s Killerton House. Victoria has also been volunteering with the Costume/Textile collections at Killerton and RAMM for over three years. She is currently the Ambassadors' Co-ordinator and Twitter Manager for The Costume Society.

This event will take place online as a Zoom session. There will also be a chance to look at patterns and sewing magazines from the RAMM collections. Details of the session will be emailed to you in advance of the date of the workshop.


Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

01392 665858


Opening times

Daily, 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays.

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