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 & Glam Fashion
    Afternoon AGM and Talk
    AGM & Glam Fashion

    Saturday 10 February 2024

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

    Following the WECS AGM Sally Chidlow Grant will talk about her research into the 1970’s era of ‘Glam’ Fashion and will bring her own collection of vintage clothing along to demonstrate.

  • Feathers, Fur and Skin
    Study Day
    Feathers, Fur and Skin

    Saturday 16 March 2024

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

    The use of contentious/non-woven materials in the pursuit of fashion.

    Speakers will be Tessa Boase, Jonathan Faiers and Dr Lisa Farouk Shawgi.

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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.