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!

Joining and renewing

Join us

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


Monday, September 29th: OPENING SOON! "Romania Revisited: Dress and Identity" exhibition at the Hornimam Museum. From the 4th of October. www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/upcoming-exhibitions/revisiting-romania-dress-and-identity#image-0 Upcoming Exhibitions - Visit - Horniman Museum and Gardens www.horniman.ac.uk The Horniman Museum and Gardens are a fascinating, family-friendly attraction in South London’s Forest Hill. We have collections of anthropology, musical instruments, and natural history, and also an aquarium, 16-acre gardens, and animal enclosure.

Thursday, September 25th: Augusta Auctions is one of the biggest Fashion and Textiles auction companies in the world. They specialise in vintage and antique items from private donors, museums, universities and other renowned collections. Their website is a feast for the eyes and each lot is accompanied with information regarding materials used, its authenticity and the date it was made in. This site is well worth a look! www.augusta-auction.com/ Augusta Auctions - Home www.augusta-auction.com North America's #1 auction house for Couture & Vintage Fashion. Augusta Auctions accepts consignments of historic clothing and textiles from...