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, July 23rd: Hands up who plans their travels around a costume collection visit? Ambassador Kate Lyons share costume collections in the North of England. costumesociety.org.uk/blog/post/lesser-known-costume-collections-northern-england Lesser Known Costume Collections: Northern England - The Costume Society costumesociety.org.uk Ambassador Kate Lyons Finds Some Hidden Gems

Tuesday, July 22nd: “I’m not really into fashion, I’m just into being myself.” A few months ago we got to see what American high school students were wearing in the 1960s...here's the 1980s update! www.buzzfeed.com/juliegerstein/this-80s-high-school-fashion-documentary-is-everything This High School Style Documentary From The '80s Is Everything www.buzzfeed.com “I’m not really into fashion, I’m just into being myself.”

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