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.

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Donate towards our Jubilee Fund 2015

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

Joining and renewing

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For events, information, awards, conferences and publications. Think about membership as a gift!


Thursday, May 28th: ARE YOU A STUDENT? Would you like to attend our conference July 3-5th 2015? Full bursary available. DEADLINE: 30th May costumesociety.org.uk/awards/symposium-bursary The Conference Student Bursary - The Costume Society costumesociety.org.uk The bursary will cover the costs of attending the annual Costume Society Conference

Thursday, May 28th: LATEST BLOG POST Ambassador Bethan Bide takes a look at her families hidden wardrobe treasures. Does you family have any hidden gems? costumesociety.org.uk/blog/post/the-well-dressed-skeletons-at-the-back-of-the-closet