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

  • AGM and Talk: A pocketful of Ha'pence
    Afternoon AGM and Talk
    AGM and Talk: A pocketful of Ha'pence

    Saturday 11 February 2023

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

    After the short AGM, Mark Wallis will give his talk, “A Pocketful of Ha’pence”, about the likely ontents of a Georgian gentleman's pockets.

  • March Study Day: Braving the Elements
    Study Day
    March Study Day: Braving the Elements

    Saturday 18 March 2023

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

    Speakers will include Paul Ince on umbrellas, Carly Eck from the media department of Burberry to talk about its foundation and history, Kassia St Clair about space age fabrics and Gail Stewart-Bye.

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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.