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.

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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.

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

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Monday, April 27th: LATEST BLOG Ambassador Jamie Robinson shares her training as a trainee textile conservator. costumesociety.org.uk/blog/post/conserving-evidence-of-wear-to-a-glasgow-shawl

Monday, April 27th: How about twisting a turban into your Monday morning routine? This 1942 tutorial encourages you to try a scarf, since hats were rationed. If this is just your cup of tea and you’d like to discuss wartime fashions further, then join us on twitter this Friday from 1pm! #csfashionhour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmCXBGiOaqQ How to Tie a Turban: Womens Turban Fashions - 1942 - [HD] How to Tie a Turban - Fashion expert from Woman Magazine Anne Edwards combats rations with some turban fashions! Watch the full length version here with a mo...