The School of Chamberlayne

Head of the School: Elenor du Buch


Aims


To enable the populace of the Far Isles to expand their knowledge and skills, both practical and theoretical, in the making of Garb, Costume or Attire, together with footwear, headgear and accessories, and to keep as authentic as possible the fabrics, patterns, colours etc.
It is anticipated that many of the items created will overlap into other Guilds, but it should be emphasised that this School is to bring together a cohesive ensemble which is as authentic as possible for a specific period and which would be recognised as such by a costume historian and which can be documented.

Rules of Advancement


Student
Complete two of the tasks in this section

  • Discuss briefly, either orally or in writing, some of the concepts which distinguish period clothing from modern clothing. Eg fastenings, fabric types, colours.
  • Make one of the following items (this can be with help if needed): an undergarment, overgarment, belt or girdle, headgear, pouch or purse, for your chosen period (please note terms may vary for each period and are too numerous to list individually, the above list is for guidance only)
  • Discuss briefly, either orally or in writing, a method of construction for your period, for some item of costume.
  • Demonstrate orally or in writing, a basic knowledge of production relevant to the manufacture of clothing or accessories. This could include but is not limited to, dyeing, weaving, jewellery wearing, social significance of items.

Fellow
In addition to the tasks at level 1 Complete three of the tasks in this section

  • Research, document and make a further three items from category 2 (student) for any single period of the Far Isles.
  • Discuss, orally or in writing, published theories as to why or how a particular item of clothing evolved during the period covered by the Far Isles.
  • Discuss, orally or in writing, published theories as to why a particular style or collection of clothing in the Far Isles period is thought to be correct. For example, artwork, grave finds or similar.
  • Make either a pair of shoes, or a fully boned corset of any period.
  • Discuss, orally or in writing, the social significance of a single item type in a specific period.
  • Present notes or an item made after attending a costume related workshop,. This can be within the Far Isles or from some other venue.

Master
In addition to the tasks at level 1 and 2. Complete four of the tasks in this section

  • Research, design and make a complete outfit for a designated decade and class, including all accessories, and document your research associated with the ensemble.
  • Research in depth an aspect relevant to the manufacture of clothing or accessories. An example is, but is not limited to, the types/colours of cloth used during a particular period, and the correct names used for them. Be able to name and describe them (or produce samples), suggesting types of clothing that may be made with them.
  • Discuss, orally or in writing, instances of external influence on a cultures clothing, for example: the influence of European continental clothing on English costume, or Crusader influence on home fashions. You will be expected to hypothesis on why these influences occurred, and to demonstrate a knowledge of significant time scales or dates.
  • Pass on your knowledge in a structured way to an individual student or at a garb-related tutorial. Lesson planning, aims and objectives must be put forward in writing to the Head of the School.
  • Discuss, orally or in writing, the social significance of a cohesive collection of costume and accessories in a specific period. Knowledge of their class signifiers, rank, marital status or other similar aspects must be demonstrated.
  • Compare and contrast, in writing, two costuming ensembles, which are separated by a single factor such as geographically but not temporally (eg 13th Century English costume compared to 13th Century Spanish Costume. Or the costume of two religions in the same geographical area (Jews and Christians in 15th Century Germany).
  • Produce a piece of original work covering aspects At Level 2 Choices 2 or 3. Theories should be backed up logically and by sound research.
  • Hold a debate on some aspect of costuming of the Far Isles period. You will be expected find parties to present a structured for and against argument for the proposition and you will be responsible in ensuring the spokespersons for each group has the knowledge to present their case well. It will be your responsibility, to Chair the debate and to allow the sides to be heard in a balanced way.
  • Give a talk on an area relating to some aspect of costuming of the Far Isles period. Be prepared to answer questions on the subject matter. The talk should be attended by the Head of School or a Master of the School. Where possible or recorded if impossible.

Other relevant projects at an appropriate level will be considered for advancement, please ask the Head of School.
It is expected that work at Master level will be fully referenced within the text and that a Fellow will include a bibliography. A fully referenced text is preferred at all levels.