Aesthetic Dress and the Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood have become popular subjects among dress historians. In this week's blog, CS Ambassador Grace Victoria Bentley discusses costume and artistic dress within the Brotherhood and its members.
For this week's blog, CS Ambassador Rachel Hynes discusses Virginia Woolf's deep, inquiring interest in fashion and Woolf's sartorial choices both in life and in her novels.
In 'Costume History Beyond the Museum Part Two', CS Ambassador Sarah Morgan interviews Amy Andrews Harrell, a period costume specialist for film and television.
As Summer starts to wind down, CS Ambassador Marella Alves dos Reis discusses the origins and lasting legacy of the Espadrille.
This week's blog is a special entry from Katie Sawyer, Trainee Curator at Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum. As part of her training program she has developed a summer exhibition called ‘Frontiers of Fashion: How Military Uniform Influences Civilian Fashion'.
“Those who think of embroidery as an occasional sedative occupation must think again." In this week's blog, CS Ambassador Aimée Palmer recalls the life and career of one of Britain's greatest embroiderers, Constance Howard.
With masks now part of our "new normal", CS Ambassador Isabella Rosner looks at how face covering were worn and decorated during the 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic.
In the final instalment of our Guest Blog Month, Victoria Haddock reviews The Underpinnings Museum's new online exhibition Gilded Lilies: A Sparklewren Retrospective.
This week, Guest Blogger Victoria Haddock reviews Fashion Historian and Lecturer Lydia Edwards book 'How to Read a Suit'.
In this week's Guest Blog, Alison Alexander, Assistant Curator at Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum interviews the Curator Julia Fox, who highlights some of her favourite Liberty pieces within the museum's collection.
In The Smoking Jacket, Part Two, Jamie Robinson, a Textile Conservator at Zenzi Tinker Conservation, shares the next instalment of her work, completed during lockdown, on a very special nineteenth century port-coloured smoking jacket.
"With ‘sloppy’ dress considered bad for morale, step forward the editor of Britain’s aspirational fashion bible: the indomitable Audrey Withers." This week's Guest Blogger, Tracey Allen from RAF News, explores Vogue magazine's secret weapon during World War II.
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.
Details of the grants and awards available to students and collections managers through the Costume Society.
Now open. Awarded annually to a student whose final project / dissertation deals with an aspect of the history of dress.