Dress at GSA

In January 1965 the Dress Department of Guildford School of Art was housed in the Old Pewley School, comprising two classrooms and a cloakroom. In addition to this, classes took place in “cramped conditions” in part of a room in the main building. In addition to the limitations of space, the Pewley site also lacked a refectory and coffee was made by students, under staff supervision, in a partitioned section of the cloakroom.

There is mention of the students’ reluctance to regard their exams with career ambitions in mind, though most wished to become dressmakers. Internal exams were taken after the first term but after this “suitable students” were encouraged to take City and Guild exams.

At this point in time there were 4 full-time and 2 part-time students entering the course but the department planned to terminate the course as it stood after this intake. The course seems to have been considered a success though, as detailed below:

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The curriculum covered topics such as Students also took classes in Lettering and Liberal Studies. Visits to fashion shows and museums also took place along with lectures and similar events. It was noted that three years before the summary was written, a visit to Paris was organised, to visit the House of Dior and other famous couturiers.

Below are details of the library arrangements of the Dress department:

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