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, October 30th: For lovers of 16th Century fashion and art; The Royal Academy of Art have two costume events this Friday and Saturday to coincide with their current Moroni painting exhibition, tickets available online: 'Moroni’s Subjects and their Clothes' a historical fashion workshop led by the School of Historical Dress. Saturday 1 November, 10am - 5.30pm https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/moroni-s-subjects-and-their-clothes 'Dressing an Italian Countess' talk by costume designer Jenny Tiramani, RSC actor Mark Rylance, and the exhibition's curator, Arturo Galansino. Friday 31 October, 6.30 - 7.30pm https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/dressing-an-italian-countess Moroni’s Subjects and their Clothes | Event | Royal Academy of Arts www.royalacademy.org.uk Explore 16th-century Italian fashion in this 1-day practical workshop inspired by the portraits of Giovanni Battista Moroni.

Wednesday, October 29th: Costume Society UK's President Deidre Murphy displays Georgian pieces from the Kensington Palace collection in this exploration of the Hanoverian's influence on modern day designers. Georgian delights in Royal costume store www.bbc.co.uk A look at some of the Georgian pieces in the Royal Family's costume store.