Summer conference in Bristol cancelled
A chance to see treasures from one of the world's most extensive theatre collections.
In this week's blog, CS Ambassador Chelsey Lewington shares with us Part One of A Tale of Three Empires, examining Orientalism, Exoticism and the Cultural Exchange in Western Dress during the 19th Century.
Before lockdown, CS Ambassador Joanna Munholland had the opportunity to visit 'Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh' at London's Saatchi Gallery. In this week's blog, Joanna highlights some of her favourite fashion and textile related objects from the exhibition.
CS Ambassador Abigail King conducted a Q&A with Lucy McConnell, emerging dress historian and Exhibitions Assistant at Dovecote Studios in Edinburgh.
With this year’s applications now extended to 30th July 2020, Costume Society Ambassador Aimée Palmer reflects on her time spent at the Ulster Folk Museum as recipient of The Costume Society's Museum Work Experience Grant.
In this week's blog, CS Ambassador Rachel Hynes discusses the links between dress and disease, throughout history and the current pandemic.
Gloves... A necessity for many in these unprecedented times! Isabella Rosner highlights the allure of gloves in Seventeenth century England where they were used more for decoration, elaborately embroidered and infused with scent.
With the vast majority of the population now working from home, comfort has become key when dressing for the home 'office'. In this weeks blog, CS Ambassador Ella Muir discusses the history of the indomitable tracksuit and its new coveted place within our wardrobes.
With the clocks going forward to mark the start of Spring, Costume Society Ambassador Marella Alves dos Reis discusses wool; the unexpected material used in early swimwear.
The 24th of March marks the anniversary Queen Elizabeth I's death in 1603. In this week's blog, CS Ambassador Isabella Rosner discusses the Bacton Altar Cloth, the last surviving item of clothing from the Tudor Queen's wardrobe.
Just in time for St. Patrick's day, CS Ambassador Rachel Hynes takes an in-depth look at the Irish Mantle, and its many incarnations, from a literary perspective.
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.
Details of the grants and awards available to students and collections managers through the Costume Society.
Now open. Awarded annually to a student whose final project / dissertation deals with an aspect of the history of dress.