Welcome to the Costume Society

Promoting the study of all aspects of clothing and textiles, the Society aims to encourage access to costume history, including contemporary dress. Our appeal is wide-ranging and object-based. Our members include academics, collectors, curators, designers, re-enactors, students and informed enthusiasts across the world. What we have in common is our wish to provide the best and most varied opportunities to study this fascinating topic.

Find out more about us and how to join the Society

About the Society

About the Society

We are a lively, friendly organisation whose aim is to promote the study and preservation of historic and contemporary dress.

Support us

Support us

Funding of the Society is by subscription and donation. Your donations are welcome!

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For events, information, awards, conferences and publications. Think about membership as a gift!


Friday, November 21st: Are you following Colours in Fashion, Costume Colloquium in Florence? We're here, and tweeting all four days. Today we've covered poisonous artificial flowers and socks, and playboy bunny uniforms. 1850-60 hair wreath, Boston MFA #CCIV

Friday, November 21st: WOULD YOU LIKE TO WRITE FOR US? We are now recruiting for our Ambassadors Programme for 2015. Deadline: 18th December costumesociety.org.uk/blog/post/we-are-recruiting-10-ambassadors-for-2015 We Are Recruiting 10 Ambassadors For 2015 - The Costume Society costumesociety.org.uk Deadline 18th December 2015