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). 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.

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). 

Due to exceptionally high demand, we are now only able to offer six month membership for the latter half of 2021 and payment options for the full year have been temporaily disabled. You are very welcome to join prior to 01 July, your membership account will be activated on payment so you are able to access the members area of the website, archive and benefit from membership discounts on events incurring a cost.

Please note, anyone regsitering and making payment to become a member on, or after, the 17th of September 2021 will not recieve hard copies of the Autumn journal or members magazine (Thread) as part of the 2021b membership. You will, however, be able to access a pdf version of Thread on the website - when published - and access the journal and download articles via the online archive.

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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