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

  • Shape Shifting
    Janet Arnold Study Day
    Shape Shifting

    Saturday 05 October 2024

    We take a glimpse into corsets, bustles and crinolines, how they were made and worn and how they changed female silhouette through the 19th and early 20th century. We then look at the impact of bloomers, divided skirts and early trousers on women’s lives.

  • Xmas Meeting
    Social afternoon with talk
    Xmas Meeting

    Saturday 16 November 2024

    A date for your diary. Details to follow.

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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.