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Stitching Fortuny

Stitching Fortuny

January 14, 2018
Textile Conservation MPhil student Daisy Graham from the University of Glasgow discusses some of the techniques, developed during her summer placement at the Palais Galliera, used to treat tricky pleats and sheer linings to Fortuny costume.

Reconstructing Historical Dress

Reconstructing Historical Dress

December 30, 2017
How do we replicate historical dress when the original no longer exists? Costume interpreter Viviane Chen describes the process of fabricating an authentic skirt to match an 1860s bodice from The Bowes Museum collection, thought have been made for, and worn by Joséphine Bowes.

Transformation: One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe

Transformation: One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe

December 19, 2017
Take a trip to Liverpool before the end of March 2018 to see ‘Transformation: One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe’ showing at Sudley House.

Christian Dior, Couturier Du Rêve at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

Christian Dior, Couturier Du Rêve at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

December 10, 2017
Tracey Allen on one of 2017's most spectacular fashion exhibitions.

High Days and Holidays at Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum

High Days and Holidays at Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum

December 3, 2017
CS Ambassador Araminta Pain reviews Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum

Show your support with our new lapel badge

Show your support with our new lapel badge

November 28, 2017
Just in time for the cooler jacket-wearing days, the Costume Society is offering these elegant badges to embellish your lapels

‘Hidden in the Lining - Krishna in the Garden of Assam’: Inside an Eighteenth-Century Banyan

‘Hidden in the Lining - Krishna in the Garden of Assam’: Inside an Eighteenth-Century Banyan

November 26, 2017
CS Ambassador Olivia Gecseg on an early silk

The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection

The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection

November 24, 2017
Prompted by a recent donation, Ambassador Victoria Haddock returns to the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to explore its display of high profile garments and associated material.

The Courting Couple: Dating Fashion in Tapestries

The Courting Couple: Dating Fashion in Tapestries

November 6, 2017
Hannah Vickers, our newest recruit, researches the historic costume depicted in a set of tapestries from Doddington Hall to develop a more accurate picture of when the pieces were made.

Christian Dior and Granville: Roots of a Legend Exhibition

Christian Dior and Granville: Roots of a Legend Exhibition

November 1, 2017
CS Ambassador, Victoria Haddock, visited France's only museum dedicated to a couturier.

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