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, November 27th: Disney's new live action version of 'Cinderella' is due for release in the Spring; Vogue has a great interview with Sandy Powell about how she designed the costumes for it. I'm excited to see more of her costumes in the style of a "nineteenth-century period film made in the 1940s or ’50s". www.vogue.com/4463911/cinderella-movie-2015-sandy-powell-costume-designer/ What Would Cinderella Wear? Costuming Lily James and Cate Blanchett in Kenneth Branagh’s... www.vogue.com Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell reinvents the glass-slipper splendor of Cinderella.

Wednesday, November 26th: The Met announces this new fashion exhibition as part of the programme of centennial celebrations of its Asian Art Department... Developed by the Museé du Quai Branly in Paris and going on tour... The Met to Showcase the Plains Indians and China's Influence on Fashion in 2015 observer.com Yesterday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art held its semi-annual luncheon for press to announce its spring 2015 exhibition schedule. In addition to a four-painting Van Gogh exhibition opening in May ...