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.

Find out more about us and how to join the Society

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.

Support us

Support us

Funding of the Society is by subscription and donation. Your donations are welcome!

Joining and renewing

Join us

For events, information, awards, conferences and publications. Think about membership as a gift!

Awards and bursaries

Awards and bursaries

Details of the awards available to students through the Costume Society.

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Tuesday, April 22nd: 'In 1969, Life magazine explored the “freaky new freedoms” of fashion seen on high school students across the country.' These are glorious! Did you ever wear anything like this to school? www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/15-groovy-photos-of-high-school-fashion-in-1969 15 Groovy Photos Of High School Fashion In 1969 www.buzzfeed.com In 1969, Life magazine explored the "freaky new freedoms" of fashion seen on high school students across the country. The inspiring fashion from that year is a far cry from the Aeropostal...

Tuesday, April 22nd: 'Anyone taking the business of fashion too seriously is considered a bit odd.' Extract from The Guardian's Birmingham fashion report of 22 April 1975. Apparently we were wearing long skirts, baggy boots and big cardigans! www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2014/apr/22/women-fashion-birmingham-1975 From the archive, 22 April 1975: Birmingham fashion favours practicality www.theguardian.com Originally published in the Guardian on 22 April 1975: Taking the business of fashion too seriously is considered a bit odd in Britain's second city

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