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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Saturday, August 23rd: Palazzo Morando (Milan), Anna Piaggi & Stephen Jones. The Hat-ology tribute exhibition that displayed over 300 of Anna's hats awarded Best Fashion Museum Exhibition 2012/13. Hat-ology: an ode to Anna Piaggi by milliner Stephen Jones. killerknifepleats.wordpress.com A prolific fashion journalist and editor, Anna Piaggi (1931- 2012) was as equally as infamous for her personal wardrobe. Her kaleidoscopic- if not anarchic- fashions meant one day she could be spot...

Friday, August 22nd: For all you lovers of the18th century, or even if you just love to accessorize. Fairfax House in York is holding a symposium on 'Fashion, Function & Ornament' to accompany the exhibition 'From Head to Toe: Accessorising the Georgians', which runs until November. www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk/?idno=687&id=208 Fairfax House - What's On - Details www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk To accompany our exhibition 'From Head to Toe: Accessorising the Georgians' (28 March to 2 November 2014) Fairfax House will be hosting a one-day symposium on 'Fashion, Function & Ornament: Accessorising the Georgians' on 19 September 2014. Confirmed speakers include Nigel Arch (Kensington Palace),…