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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Wednesday, April 16th: Do you want the know the secrets of a costume maker? Our Ambassador Kate Lyons talks about her experiences working for Welsh National Opera on our Blog. costumesociety.org.uk/blog/post/welsh-national-opera-a-makers-tale Welsh National Opera: A Makers Tale - The Costume Society costumesociety.org.uk Kate Lyons talks about her work at the Welsh National Opera

Wednesday, April 16th: We have John Bright founder of Cosprop judging our Patterns for Fashion Award this year. Would you like to take part? Closing date is 30th April. costumesociety.org.uk/awards/patterns-of-fashion-award

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