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

  • Medieval Dress
    Janet Arnold Study Day
    Medieval Dress

    Saturday 15 October 2022

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

    Speakers: Gale Owen-Crocker on Medieval garments, Sarah Thursfield on making Medieval garments, Rebecca Shawcross on Medieval footwear and Benjamin Wilde on Medieval influences in later fashion

  • Christmas Social & Talk
    Afternoon Social & Talk
    Christmas Social & Talk

    Saturday 19 November 2022

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

    David Birks will give a talk about Father Christmas and Santa Claus, their history and the difference between them.

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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.