A Passion for Fashion - Madame Clapham Revisited

Teachers' notes

This e-learning resource was based on a led session at Hull Museums entitled, 'A Passion for Fashion – Madame Clapham revisited' for Post–16 Specialist Art and Design courses and Key Stage 4 GCSE Art and Design.


The students investigated how Madame Clapham operated her business, the historical context, and the effect of social economics on fashion trends. They studied replicas of costume from the 1890s to 1930s, drawing inspiration to inform their own design ideas.


Curriculum links:

Arts Award - Discover & Explore - identify a range of art forms and record active participation in the arts

KS4 Art & Design - Applied Art - Design briefs; Craft and Design - Designer; Textiles - Fashion Design
KS3-4 Textiles - Case Studies; Processes

AS / A2 Level Art & Design 8033, 9033 (Units 1,2,3,4)


BTEC National Diploma: Fashion and Clothing Course Year 2

Unit 3920 Fashion Production Techniques

Unit 3922 Surface Design Media, Techniques and Technology

BTEC National Diploma Art and Design: Graphics (Units: 9/14)

BTEC HND 3-D Design


Foundation Degree:
Fashion or Costume Interpretation Year 1

Fashion or Theatre Costume Interpretation Year 2

Foundation Degree: Textile Design; Fashion Interpretation


BA Applied Creative Design (Fashion and Costume)

BA TV & Film Design (Unit TFD 3041; Client Orientated Practice)


Learning objectives:

Knowledge of  a range of visual references, materials and processes
Understanding of social issues through an appreciation of fashion seen through a historical context
Skills to use drawing to communicate specific research information, and to develop creative ideas in response to given themes.

We would like to thank Hull School of Art and Design (see website link below) for their help in developing this resource.


Further reading: Madame Clapham, Hull's Celebrated Dressmaker by Jayne Tyler and Clare Parsons (Hull Museums & Galleries, 1999).

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