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 15th: What do you think we'll be wearing 100 years from now? W. Cade Gall's predictions from The Strand magazine in 1893 show us what the Victorians thought we would be wearing through the twentieth century - the 1978 prediction is rather fetching! www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2604324/Wizard-hats-walking-sticks-ruffles-ribbons-Fashions-future-imagined-1893.html Fashions of the future as imagined in 1893 www.dailymail.co.uk The Future Dictates of Fashion by W. Cade Gall was published in the January 1893 edition of The Strand magazine.

Monday, April 14th: To celebrate Library Week, OUP are offering free access to some of their resources, including the Berg Fashion Library. Enter "libraryweek" for both the username and password for free access until 19th April! www.bergfashionlibrary.com/ Home : Berg Fashion Library www.bergfashionlibrary.com Winner of the 2011 Dartmouth Medal, 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair Digital Award,2011 Bookseller FutureBook Award for Best Website, and the 2013 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Electronic Reference Award, the Berg Fashion Library is the only resource to provide integrated text and...

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