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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Thursday, May 21st: Post conservation these little fur lined Louis heeled carriage boots are certainly fit for an empress. See them on display next month in ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ at the V&A. #CostumeSociety50 tinyurl.com/p5bd4qq Fit For An Empress: The Conservation of Eugenie's Carriage Boots thebowesmuseum.wordpress.com For this extended blog post, I will discuss the conservation of a pair of 19th century velvet carriage boots [CST.140], which have been lent to the Victoria & Albert Museum, and their forthcomi...

Monday, May 18th: Following their successful exhibition of fans and fan leaves commemorating the Battle of Waterloo, The Fan Museum’s next exhibition is a captivating collection of Art Nouveau fans dating from 1890 to 1910. The elegantly crafted pieces offer an enchanting glimpse into the upper echelons of society of the time. (Also for any visitors, I highly recommend afternoon tea in The Orangery!) https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/fans-of-the-belle-epoque-2 www.thefanmuseum.org.uk www.thefanmuseum.org.uk