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About the Textile Group

The Textile Group remains one of the largest Icon groups. We have an active committee who exists to represent the Textile Group within Icon and arrange events and activities for its members.  It meets four times per year, normally at the V&A Museum.  Travel expenses are reimbursed.  Membership of the Committee, which is very democratic and open to fresh ideas, can provide opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, build your profile in the field, and develop new skills. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining the committee. There are usually roles available on an annual basis and positions normally last for three years.

We welcome suggestions for future activities and offers from institutions willing to host a workshop, visit etc. Please contact Stella Gardner if you would like to post anything on these pages. 

Nominations for new committee members

Two of the current committee, Stella Gardner and Kate French, are retiring at the end of the financial year on 31st March 2017 so the committee is seeking two new non-executive members to take on the roles of events and web/social media co-ordinators.  Committee members must be members of the Textile Group.

The main purpose of the committee is to manage the activities of the Textile Group.  Primary membership of the group currently numbers around 200.  The aims of the group and the regulations under which it operates are given in the regulations document available on the Icon Textile Group web page.  The committee meets four times a year.  Expenses for attending meetings are reimbursed from Textile Group funds.

If you would like to be put forward as a candidate for election onto the committee please send a max. 200 word statement of intention to Kate French, Committee Secretary by the end February 2017.  Election nomination papers listing candidates and their intention statements will be circulated to members before the AGM in Bath on the 27th March.  The ballot results will be announced at the AGM.  Please feel free to contact any of the committee members (details on the Icon Textile Group web page) if you would like more information on the roles available.

Forthcoming publication

Refashioning and Redress: Conserving and Displaying Dress Edited by Mary M. Brooks and Dinah D. Eastop

This book explores the conservation, presentation, and representation of dress in museums and beyond as dynamic, complex, and collaborative processes. Seventeen papers reflect international practice and demonstrate the material, social, and philosophical interactions inherent in the conservation and display of dress. Topics include fashion as spectacle, theatrical dress, dress as living indigenous culture, dress as political and personal memorialization, dress in fragments, and dress online. Authors engage with diverse disciplines including dress history, social history, material culture, and fashion studies.

$65, paperback, 200 pages, 65⁄8 x 97⁄16 inches, 65 color illustrations ISBN 978-1-60606-511-2

Available February 2017: The J. Paul Getty Trust, Getty Publications, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1682 (pdf document available at bottom of this page)


Costume Society Elizabeth Hammond Award 2016

Elizabeth Hammond ARCA (1926-2011) was a Founder Member of the Costume Society and a former Trustee.  She was an embroiderer, textile artist, teacher and collector of textiles.  Significant pieces in her collection were conserved and loaned to Museums for public display.

The Costume Society is setting up the award in her name following a generous bequest from her estate. The award is intended to promote the conservation and display of clothing and textiles of all periods, styles and places of origin, held within the permanent collections of museums within the United Kingdom, which have annual gross revenues of less than £750,000. In 2016 up to £10,000 is available to mark the launch of this important award.

This award is available to finance a wide range of textile conservation projects, from primary assessment to full conservation.  Awards can be made for any amount up to £10,000 in 2016 to one or more successful applicants. From 2017 onwards the award will continue with a lower but still significant level of funding.

Please use the link for further details.