september, 2020

Chantal Filson: Founder, Dean, Teacher

Kristen Mrozek: Assistant Dean, Marketing

Costume On is an international online conference for historical costuming created during the 2020 Quarantine. Students attended from all across the US and the globe, including Canada, Australia, Panama the UK & the Netherlands.

Teachers from all over the US used video conferencing to teach fashion history and technique, covering several eras from the 18th century to early 20th. Classes included both lectures and hands-on workshops, where they interacted with the teacher in real-time.

The response was immediate and so overwhelming, a second weekend had to be added. The next Costume On is scheduled for September, 2020 and will focus on tailoring/menswear.

Costume on      may 2-3/may 16-17

Screenshots of Costume On classes (May 2-3 & May 16-17)


The conference took place in real-time on May 2-3, a second weekend was added due to overwhelming demand (May 16-17). Students attended 4 separate channels of lectures where the live teacher screenshared presentations and answered questions, workshops where closeups of both hands sewing and examples were shown on camera, and a General Lounge meeting room where they chatted in between classes and held a picnic. Students were able to hold up their own pieces to camera both as examples in lectures and to have the teacher check their work in workshops, regardless of time zone/country.

Students registered through the website, paid, received a welcome packet and attended orientation- all online. Teachers submitted proposals, outlines and video clips and attended their own orientation for this new format. The content was curated and formatted to create a balanced curriculum of time periods, lectures and workshops.

Costume On #2 coming in September!