Spring is on our doorstep, so there’s no better time to get the diary out and fill those empty spaces. We’ve looked for the most interesting events in the UK for costume and fashion for you to get stuck into.
If you feel like doing something a bit different this year, or checking out a new workshop or talk, then we’ve got you covered.
Have a flick through our listings guide to see what takes your fancy:
If you’ve got a big costume make coming up, need to replenish your stocks or just LOVE fabric, then this one is for you.
Packed full of exhibitors from luxury high-end, to quirky prints, you are going to have to make some serious space in your stash after a day at the Textile Forum.
On from 13-14th March One Marylebone, London.
The London Expo garments and fabrics trade fair
If fabric’s your thing, then you’ll want to put the London Expo in your diary as it opens for its second year.
Taking place in the Congress centre at the end of May, this wholesale and trade fabric show will be sharing its wares from huge suppliers to smaller independents.
On 29-30th May, Congress Centre, London.
Graduate Fashion Week
For the latest in inspiring design and pioneering creativity, as well as textile prints and silhouettes, GFW is not to be missed.
Taking place again in the atmospheric Truman Brewery in East London, the chance to see some of fashion’s new hottest, talent is a truly exciting one.
From 2nd-5th June, Truman Brewery, London
The Knights of Knightsbridge
Hugely influential fashion photographer, Nick Knight has collaborated with a creative team in one of London’ fanciest areas to create this awe-inspiring installation.
Cruise down the street to see 18 giant images from some of the world’s famous fashion designers blown up into a visual spectacle, said to be the biggest fashion photo-exhibition ever displayed.
On until mid-July 2019, Brompton Road and Sloane Street, London.
Costume society conference: Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement
The annual costume society conference is coming up and this time they’re taking you back to the 1800s with an intriguing programme of talks.
The event will take place over three days and will include a guided tour of the Pre-Raphaelites collection at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
5-9th July, Birmingham. Tickets to be booked through the Costume Society.
Textile society: School of historical dress
For an interesting talk on Renaissance textiles, as well as tips on how to handle and reconstruct historical dress, check out the upcoming talk with the Textile Society.
The school’s principal, Jenny Tiramani, will talk you through some impressive archives and collections from this intriguing part of history.
On Thursday 7th March at The School of Historical Dress, London.
The Textile Society’s Manchester Antique and Vintage Textile Fair 2019
Whether you’re a keen costume collector or an avid fashion fan, The Antique and Vintage Textile fair in Manchester is set to delight.
Be prepared to spend at this vast event organised by the Textile Society, bringing together a huge array of vintage textiles and garments from the 1800s to the 1990s.
On Sunday 14th April, Armitage Centre, Manchester
Jane Austen Festival
Regency fans rejoice! There is a Jane Austen festival in Bath and it looks set to transport you to a bygone era.
The Regency Costume Promenade features a procession of 500 people dressed in full costume in-keeping with the era and is said to be a ‘record-breaking event.’
13th-22nd September, Widcome Institute, Bath. A full programme of events to be announced.
International Foundation of Fashion Textiles Institutes: Fashion ID
Manchester Fashion Institute is offering an exciting four-day programme of talks and events on the dramatic theme of ‘dynamism’ within fashion and textiles.
Expect talks from Caryn Franklin-author, TV stylist and former editor of I-D, Michael Atkin AKA Cheddar Gorgeous’- who will be discussing all things drag and Chris Breward from the National Galleries Scotland.
8-12th April, Manchester
If exploration and pushing the boundaries in terms of fashion, costume and textiles, then this event is for you.
The Textile Society is hosting a symposium designed to do exactly that; meet like-minded researchers and delve into the past and future of textiles.
On Saturday 4th May, Wellcome Conference Centre, London