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

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.

Costume: the journal of The Costume Society

Costume: the journal of The Costume Society

A scholarly publication presenting current research into contemporary and historic dress.