Welcome to the new WECS website

Yes it's us all right!

With a fresh, new look we've made sure it's suitable for your mobile devices and simplified booking and membership transactions.

We've added an About Us page giving something of what the Society is and does and a Gallery page with photos from our many previous events and activities.

We hope you enjoy using our site.


Welcome to the West of England Costume Society

We are a group of fashion and costume enthusiasts with varied levels of knowledge of the history and study of fashion, costume, accessories and textiles.

Based in and around Bath, our events have included themed study days with talks and discussions led by academics and practitioners, visits to collections, workshops, factories and online presentations.

Our events are open to all, but take a look at the benefits of annual membership.

Have a look around the site, and do contact us if you have any questions.

Photo: Fashion Museum, Bath

Our next events Find out more

  • The Politics of Fashion - From Cromwell to Thatcher
    Janet Arnold Study Day
    The Politics of Fashion - From Cromwell to Thatcher

    Saturday 02 October 2021

    Widcombe Social Club, Bath BA2 6AA

    Postponed from last October. Please note the change of date.

    We have four fine speakers who will talk about how modes of dress have been used to make a political statement.

  • Christmas Meeting - The House Of Embroidered Paper
    Afternoon Social & Talk
    Christmas Meeting - The House Of Embroidered Paper

    Saturday 20 November 2021

    Bath & County Club, Queen's Parade, Queen's Square, Bath BA1 2NJ

    Stephanie Smart of the House of Embroidered Paper is coming to talk about her work and exhibitions she mounts.

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Our Magazine Find out more

These are our latest, on-line accessible magazines. Click on the front cover to open the magazine.