Royal Fashion – A new KS5 programme at Kensington Palace
Venue: Kensington Palace
This July Kensington Palace will be running free pilot sessions for KS5 Art and Design/Textiles students based around their fashion collection.
They are developing a new learning programme in which students will:
• explore royal and court dress through the exhibitions, collections and historic spaces
• develop an understanding of the social, cultural and historical context of fashion items in the collection
• be inspired in their own creative work or career aspirations
Teachers are invited to bring a group of students to take part in a session and spend some time exploring the palace using new online resources. These pilot sessions are free of charge and they simply ask that you and your students give feedback to help refine the sessions and resources.
If you would like to take part, please email email@example.com for more details and to register your interest by 18th May 2018. Please note that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Focussing on Georgian fashion, the day will include a visit to the King’s State Apartments (George IIs sumptuous set of rooms) and at least one of the following sessions:
• Georgian costume in close up – led by a costumed interpreter this session allows students to see a reproduction 18th century mantua and understand how it was constructed and how clothing could be an important statement of power and wealth.
• Costume construction – a practical session led by a member of the costume team giving students the chance to develop an understanding of the construction methods of a historic piece of clothing by creating a sample of hand quilting. The session will also give them an insight into historical costume as a profession.
• Curator/Conservator session – a chance for students to meet in-house experts to hear about their jobs and career paths.