Current Grants and Awards

The Costume Society has four sources of funding to support its constitutional aim of providing education in dress studies. Our grants and awards are aimed at students of the history and theory of dress, costume design and production as well as other related fields, to support their research, museum work experience and reward excellence in costume design. We also make grants to museums and other institutions to cover the costs of conservation of objects. Click on the links on the right for further information on the individual awards and grants.

Please forward enquiries and applications to the Patterns of Fashion Award and Patterns of Performance Award  to

Enquiries and applications for the Yarwood Research Grant go to

Enquiries and applications for the Museum Work Experience Grant go to

Enquiries and applications for the three Conservation awards go to 

All other enquiries to

  • Winner: Shelley Venables Arts University Bournemouth 1873-75 Promenade dress Victoria and Albert Museum, London