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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Funding of the Society is by subscription and donation. Your donations are welcome!

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Thursday, October 23rd: The BBC has uploaded a collection of programmes called 'The Art of Fashion' on their iPlayer. These programmes include interviews with Vivienne Westwood, Jasper Conran, Alexander McQueen, and fashion models from the 1940s and 1950s. Perfect to watch during your lunch break! www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/p026gvr1 BBC iPlayer - The Art of Fashion www.bbc.co.uk Watch TV programmes from the The Art of Fashion collection on BBC iPlayer.

Wednesday, October 22nd: Having trained with Balenciaga, Lanvin and Balmain, Oscar de la Renta became the American couturier of choice for women of the Whitehouse (from Jacqueline Kennedy to Hillary Clinton) and red carpet Hollywood superstars. Part of the old school fashion establishment passes with him. Oscar de la Renta's life and fashion – in pictures www.theguardian.com Fashion designer Oscar De La Renta, who has died aged 82, has been dressing influential models, actors and powerful women since the 1960s. Here are some snapshots of his style