Joining and renewing

You can join as an individual or enrol someone as a gift by clicking the links on the right to register as a member, or to check and update your membership details. To enrol as an organisation or institution, please contact the Journal publishers (links on the Journal page) who handle institutional memberships.

As a member of the Society you will have access to conferences, events, information, publications and study awards.

The membership year runs from January to December and the twice yearly newsletter (spring and autumn) keeps members in touch with events past, present and future, exhibitions, courses and study day events. Members will also receive 'Costume', the Society's illustrated, peer-reviewed journal twice a year. 'Costume' presents research on all aspects of dress from all over the world, from prehistory to the present day.

There is an annual programme of study days, visits and meetings across a wide range of topics and periods. These include visits to collections, exhibitions and archives within the UK and overseas, all of which allow access to curators, designers and academics.

The Society's members include students, fashion designers, teachers, lecturers stage and screen designers, re-enactors and museum staff. It is a friendly, lively and enthusiastic society and will offer you opportunities to meet fellow enthusiasts, exchange views and play your part.

UK membership is £36.00 (UK student/under 26 membership £21.00); overseas membership is £40.00 (student/under 26: £25.00). If you're opting for the 'under 26' membership, please click on the student option and email the membership secretary with your date of birth.

We also offer six month membership (January-June or July-December) at £18.00 for the UK (£10.50 for UK student/under 26 members) and £20.00 for overseas members (£12.50 for overseas student/under 26 members). If you choose this option, please donate appropriately via the 'Support us' page. There's no six month option on the registration form.

Please note that The Society currently offers a maxmium of three years at the under 26/student rate to members. 

If you don't have a Paypal account or would prefer to pay by cheque, online transfer or set up a standing order, please download the CostSoc Membership_form.pdf

For questions or comments, email

Please check your Spam/Junk folder for emails from the membership account as messages may end up there rather than your inbox.


Not just for the cooler jacket-wearing days, the Costume Society is offering these elegant badges to embellish your lapels.

18mm across (three quarters of an inch) in black enamel and metallic silver with a butterfly fixing, they are a neat way to show your support and are small and light enough to look good on a shirt or little black dress too.

They cost £5.00 each including postage (£6.80 Europe; £7.55 rest of the world) and there are two ways to pay:
1. ‘Donate’ £5.00 (£6.80; £7.55) on the Support Us page of the Costume Society website and send an email saying what it’s for to with your name and address so we can post one to you
2. send a cheque made out to the Costume Society to
Costume Society lapel badge, 11 Bellflower Close, Roborough, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 7EX. Please remember to include your postal details.

You can have as many as you like!


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