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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Tuesday, September 2nd: Trip to beautiful Florence anyone? www.costume-textiles.com/?page_id=1893 Costume Colloquium IV: Colors in Fashion | www.costume-textiles.com www.costume-textiles.com The new edition of the bi-annual international event on fashion: Costume Colloquium. The forth edition will be held in Florence in November 2014

Monday, September 1st: TAILORED TRADES! Don't miss the two-day International Conference dedicated to the relationship between work, clothes and social change at the turn of the twentieth century. 12-13 September @ Bishopsgate Institute, London. Few places still available! tailoredtrades.exeter.ac.uk/events/conference/ Network Conference ­ Tailored Trades tailoredtrades.exeter.ac.uk Network Conference Clothes, Working Lives and Social Change (1880-1939) Two-Day International Conference (Bishopsgate Institute, London 12–13 September 2014) Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Eugenia Paulicelli (Queen’s College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York) Professor Lo…