Joining and renewing

You can join as an individual or enrol someone as a gift by clicking the links on the right to register as a member, or to check and update your membership details. To enrol as an organisation or institution, please contact the Journal publishers (links on the Journal page) who handle institutional memberships.

As a member of the Society you will have access to conferences, events, information, publications and study awards.

The membership year runs from January to December and the twice yearly newsletter (spring and autumn) keeps members in touch with events past, present and future, exhibitions, courses and study day events. Members will also receive 'Costume', the Society's illustrated, peer-reviewed journal twice a year. 'Costume' presents research on all aspects of dress from all over the world, from prehistory to the present day.

There is an annual programme of study days, visits and meetings across a wide range of topics and periods. These include visits to collections, exhibitions and archives within the UK and overseas, all of which allow access to curators, designers and academics.

The Society's members include students, fashion designers, teachers, lecturers stage and screen designers, re-enactors and museum staff. It is a friendly, lively and enthusiastic society and will offer you opportunities to meet fellow enthusiasts, exchange views and play your part.

UK membership is £36.00 (UK student/under 26 membership £21.00); overseas membership is £40.00 (student/under 26: £25.00). If you're opting for the 'under 26' membership, please click on the student option and email the membership secretary with your date of birth.

We also offer six month membership (January-June or July-December) at £18.00 for the UK (£10.50 for UK student/under 26 members) and £20.00 for overseas members (£12.50 for overseas student/under 26 members). If you choose this option, please donate appropriately via the 'Support us' page. There's no six month option on the registration form.

If you don't have a Paypal account or would prefer to pay by cheque, online transfer or set up a standing order, please download the 2017_membership_form_CostSoc.pdf 2018_membership_form_CostSocWEB.pdf

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