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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Donate towards our Jubilee Fund 2015

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

Joining and renewing

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For events, information, awards, conferences and publications. Think about membership as a gift!


Thursday, April 16th: Literary heroine and fashion icon. The Alice Look celebrates all that is Alice at The Museum of Childhood this spring. Step into Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland as interpreted by designers, illustrators, photographers and printmakers through the ages. #CostumeSociety50 www.vam.ac.uk/moc/exhibitions-and-displays/the-alice-look/ The Alice Look - Victoria and Albert Museum www.vam.ac.uk 2 May - 1 November 2015. The Alice Look bring together garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Thursday, April 16th: LAST CALL- deadline for our Patterns of Fashion and the Conference Student Bursary is 30th April. Please share! costumesociety.org.uk/awards/patterns-of-fashion-award The Patterns of Fashion Award - The Costume Society costumesociety.org.uk Awarded for the best reproduction of a garment from a pattern in one of the Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion books.