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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Our Collection Conservation Grants and Benefactors

Our Conservation Grants and Benefactors

The Awards hosted by the Costume Society were made possible by three generous benefactors

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.

The Yarwood Grant formerly the Yarwood Award

The Yarwood Grant

Closed for 2019. Awarded annually to a student whose final project / dissertation deals with an aspect of the history of dress.

Costume: the journal of The Costume Society

Costume: the journal of The Costume Society

A scholarly publication presenting current research into contemporary and historic dress.