Join the Society

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.

Join the Society

The membership year runs from January to December and the twice yearly members' magazine (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.

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

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, all of which allow access to curators, designers and academics.


UK membership is £36.00 (UK student/under 26 membership £21.00); overseas membership is £40.00 (student/under 26: £25.00). 

N.B. The full membership option has now closed for 2022. New members joining from 01 June 2022, and any exisiting members looking to renew their membership, will only have the option for six month membership. The full membership option will be opened again from 01 November 2022, for 2023 membership.

Please note that The Society currently offers the under 26/student membership for a maximum of three years.

You can join as an individual or enrol someone as a gift. To enrol as an organisation or institution, please contact the Journal publishers (links on the Journal page) who handle institutional memberships.

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). 

New members registering and making payment on, or after, 01 November will have their membership applied to the following calendar year. 

Overseas members - please be aware that your copy of the Journal maybe subject to local customs handling/duty charges on arrival which you will be liable to pay in order for your copy to be released for delivery.

For questions or comments, email


Complete the registration form to join the Society.

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