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!

Awards and bursaries

Awards and bursaries

Details of the awards available to students through the Costume Society.

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Tuesday, July 29th: Fedoras to mullets; what fashion word would you put in the Oxford English Dictionary? blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/07/fedoras-mullets-decades-fashion-words/ Fedoras to mullets: decades of fashion words | OxfordWords blog blog.oxforddictionaries.com It can be pretty difficult to keep track of current fashion trends; it seems as soon as you finally become accustomed to one (and have incorporated it into

Monday, July 28th: Fascinating dress history here! 'The chokers [Princess Alexandra of Denmark] wore to conceal a scar on her neck were copied. And when a bout of rheumatic fever left her with a pronounced limp… Well, that was copied too...' www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28357269 The bizarre tale of the ladies who limped www.bbc.co.uk Author Jeremy Clay tells the The bizarre tale of the ladies who limped.

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