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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Support us

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

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Wednesday, August 20th: ANNOUNCEMENT! Congratulations Katherine Cutlan you have WON our guest blogger trip in Liverpool! Please email us at info@costumesociety.org.uk with your contact details.

Wednesday, August 20th: NEW BLOG IS UP! Ambassador Kate Lyons researches gems of collections not to be missed in the South of England. What is your favourite collection? We would love to know! costumesociety.org.uk/blog/post/lesser-known-costume-collections-southern-england Lesser known Costume Collections: Southern England - The Costume Society costumesociety.org.uk By Ambassador Kate Lyons