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Costume workshop with Lilja Husmo

28/02/2023 @ 11:00 am - 08/03/2023 @ 3:00 pm

A series of FREE workshops with Lilja Husmo, a costumier with a keen interest in historical and vintage costume.

A series of FREE workshops with Lilja Husmo, a costumier with a keen interest in historical and vintage costume.

These workshops will explore the textile heritage of the Paisley Co-operative & Manufacturing Society. Participants will learn how to make “Nobby Blouses” made famous by women entering retail in the Victorian era.

Participants will be given instructions on cutting fabric, following patterns, making garments and also explore the history of women’s fashion from made-to-measure and the ready to wear era.


Lilja Husmo https://www.liljahusmo.com/

Lilja is a costume designer, maker, and researcher specialising in 18th and 19th century dressmaking with a passion for Viking and Iron Age clothing. Originally from Norway, Lilja moved to Scotland to study Costume Design and Construction at Queen Margaret University where she graduated with First Class Honours. Through both her degree, professionally, and through personal projects Lilja has experienced researching, designing, and supervising positions in a wide array of projects.

In 2019 she supervised the Howden Park Centre Pantomime, Cinderella. In the beginning of 2020, she designed a production by Napier University’s Acting and English course, of The Key Will Keep the Lock. In 2022 she led a workshop for Renfrewshire Council on creating historical costume which was part of the Monumental project. Recently Lilja has created several historical costumes, including: a Viking Costume based on the findings at a Birka Grave; a 1790s gown for Miss Dalrymple of Newhailes House; a 1760s gown for Elizabeth Dawson of Gladstone’s Land’s draper’s shop; and a 1900s East Lothian bondager’s costume.

Lilja has been involved in historical costume since the age of 15 when she became involved with the Living History and Re-enactment scene in Tromsø both as an attendee and as a worker. Recently she worked on a professional and community theatre production as costume supervisor, for Jack Dickson’s “The Cartridge Girls of Hut no 7” staged at Ardeer Community Centre. She designed and constructed Victorian costumes for the 1890’s ensemble.


28/02/2023 @ 11:00 am
08/03/2023 @ 3:00 pm
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Steven Thomson, Creative Producer
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The Art Department (former Allders store)
2-10 Causeyside Street, Paisley, PA1 1UQ
Paisley, PA1 1UQ GB
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