Welcome to the Costume Society

Promoting the study of all aspects of clothing and textiles, the Society aims to encourage access to costume history, including contemporary dress. Our appeal is wide-ranging and object-based. Our members include academics, collectors, curators, designers, re-enactors, students and informed enthusiasts across the world. What we have in common is our wish to provide the best and most varied opportunities to study this fascinating topic.

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About the Society

About the Society

We are a lively, friendly organisation whose aim is to promote the study and preservation of historic and contemporary dress.

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Thursday, February 26th: Calling all connoisseurs in conservation friendly underpinnings! An excellent job opportunity for a costume mounting specialist has arisen following National Museums Scotland’s recently unveiled plans to exhibit choice pieces from its extensive costume collection. Closing date 06.03.15. https://vacancies.nms.ac.uk/nms/vacancies/viewjobsumm.asp?recordid=%9Cx%8C%95%A4%92%96%8E%9E%8D%C8f%A5e%94%9C%9B%A4%5E%17%25u0118 National Museums Scotland - Vacancies vacancies.nms.ac.uk National Museums Scotland is an Equal Opportunities Employer and follows the principle of fair and open recruitment. We welcome formal applications from all sectors of the community. Information about how to volunteer with National Museums Scotland is available on our Volunteers Programme pages. In…

Thursday, February 26th: Transformation through conservation. This article follows four babies’ bonnets as they are given a new lease of life at The Bowes Museum. They are being treated for display alongside an installation of light sensitive drawings. Common Grounds: Lace Drawn from the Everyday opens in May, 2015. https://thebowesmuseum.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/washing-bonnets-for-common-grounds/ Washing Bonnets for Common Grounds thebowesmuseum.wordpress.com As you may have seen, the museum is currently preparing one of our next exhibitions “Common Grounds: Lace Drawn from the Everyday”, an installation of light sensitive drawings made by the artist Sa...