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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Wednesday, December 17th: 70's bohemian fashion rocks the Fashion&Textile Museum, London with the announcement of the new Thea Porter show. Accompanied by a new publication from the V&A and great programme of talks. THEA PORTER 70s Bohemian Chic | ftmlondon.org The first-ever exhibition on the fashion and interior design of Thea Porter (1927?2000) who pioneered bohemian chic in the 1960s and 1970s.

Tuesday, December 16th: A new exhibition at the Fashion Museum in Bath opens in January: 'Dior and Balenciaga, Vionnet and Yves Saint Laurent - the history of modern fashion is signposted by a handful of major fashion designers whose work shaped the look of a generation. A new display at the Fashion Museum will showcase beautiful evening dresses by a number of these great names of fashion history from the early 20th century to the present day.' See more at: www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/events/great-names-fashion#sthash.aaLcuy6J.dpuf Great Names of Fashion | Fashion Museum www.fashionmuseum.co.uk 31 January 2015 - 1 January 2017. Dior and Balenciaga, Vionnet and Yves Saint Laurent - the history of modern fashion is signposted by a handful of major fashion designers whose work shaped the look of a generation. A new display at the Fashion Museum will showcase beautiful evening dresses by a num…

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