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

  • Jubilee Tea Party
    Afternoon Party
    Jubilee Tea Party

    Saturday 01 July 2023

    Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen's Square, Bath BA1 2HN

    Do join us for afternoon tea and a glass of bubbles to celebrate the West of England Costume Society's 50th anniversary of its founding.

  • Janet Arnold Study Day - Fashion and Sustainability
    Study Day
    Janet Arnold Study Day - Fashion and Sustainability

    Saturday 07 October 2023

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

    This year’s Janet Arnold study day will examine how the fashion world affects our world, and its efforts to mitigate the damage it causes.

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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.