Costume: the journal of The Costume Society

Costume is a dress studies journal published twice a year on behalf of the Costume Society. It is edited by Valerie Cumming and Alexandra Kim with Christine Stevens as Reviews Editor.

The journal publishes articles that are primarily object-based, from a broad chronological period and with a worldwide remit; it maintains a balance between practice and theory and concentrates on the social significance of dress. The journal also includes book reviews and listings of dress exhibitions, new books and articles published during the year – all of which reflect a diverse range of new material on the subject. It is free to members.

Articles are welcomed from both established researchers and those new to the field. For further information contact

In May 2015 Costume was accepted into the Arts and Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information. ISI provides a leading international abstracting and indexing database which lists the most distinguished scholarly journals in the world and this great accolade demonstrates the scholarly reputation of the journal.

Costume is published on behalf of the Costume Society by Edinburgh University Press, an academic publisher that nurtures strong relationships with societies. Details about the journal and subscriptions can be found on the EUP website.

Download our submissions postcard here COS_postcard.pdf

For book reviews contact


New Journal to be published by Edinburgh University Press

We are delighted to announce that effective 1st January 2017 Edinburgh University Press (EUP) will be publishing Costume: The Journal of The Costume Society, previously published by Taylor and Francis. For more information please read the press release below: