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

Reading Group Session

Reading Group Session

Following on from trialling three Reading Group sessions we’ve decided to continue these on monthly basis on the first Monday at the same time, 7.30pm. The sessions will remain free but booking is essential via eventbrite. We’re making a slight change to the booking which should be easier for all of us. Each session will be bookable separately rather than in a block of several at a time. The next session is on Monday 2 November when you can join Charlotte Nicklas, who will discuss her article, ‘It is the hat that matters the most’: Hats, Propriety and Fashion in British Fiction, 1890-1930, which featured in Costume, Vol 51, Issue 1. The article can also be accessed online through the members area of the Costume Society website. Login through the banner at the top and then the link "Read Costume online" should appear on the right hand side of the "Costume Journal" page. Please make sure to read the article before coming to the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.

Current Grants and Awards

Current Grants and Awards

Details of the grants and awards available to students and collections managers through the Costume Society.

The Yarwood Research Grant

The Yarwood Research Grant

Now open. Awarded annually to a student whose final project / dissertation deals with an aspect of the history of dress.

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.