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Belladonna & Roses

Provides hand-made, embroidered and embellished bespoke corsetry and gowns.


Makers of hand sewn English bespoke shoes. bespokeshoe

Christina Dettmers Historical Clothing

Costume designer and costume maker specialising in historical fashions from 1500 to 1920s, period bridal gowns, corsetry and accessories.

Costume & Textile Association

An independent charity seeking to promote the unique costume and textile collection of the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service.

The Costume and Textile Society of Wales

Promotes the study, preservation and documentation of costume and textiles in the region of Wales and the Marches; provides a list of events and their constitution. CostumeWales

Costume Society

Promotes every aspect of the study of clothing and textiles; includes news, events and awards. costume_society/

The Costume Society of Scotland

Established in 1966 with the aim of fostering an interest in every aspect of costume historical and contemporary in Scotland.


Founded in 1997 to bring together participants at the major medieval congresses who are interested in medieval dress and textiles.

Early Modern Dress and Textiles Research Network

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded, two-year investigation into early modern European dress and textiles.

Fashion Museum Bath

Collection of contemporary and historical costume at Bath Assembly Rooms. Exhibitions, explore the collection, schools section, and information for visitors. fashion_museum

Historic Dress and Textiles Collections

Embroideries from the 17th century and dress and accessories from the 18th century onwards. Women's late 19th and 20th century clothes, christening gowns, patchwork quilts, samplers, smocks and fashion plates, and wedding dresses, many of which are displayed at the Red House Museum.

Jewellery and Men in Tudor and Jacobean England

Project that explores how jewellery marked and promoted gender definitions and distinctions in the Early Modern period.

Kats Hats

Historical headdresses, costumes and accessories, individually hand-crafted to order and customised to suit existing outfits or a new ensemble for any historical setting be it re-enactment, music or dance.

Manchester Art Gallery: Gallery of Costume

Over 21,000 objects covering all aspects of the history of clothing and appearance, from around 1600 to 2005.

Medieval Dress and Textile Society

For anyone with an interest in textiles and clothing between the years of (approximately) 500 and 1600 AD / CE.

The Northern Society of Costume and Textiles

Encourages the study and preservation of costume and textiles, and to researching into the history of their origins and use; site includes pattern packs for purchase.

Textile Collection University for the Creative Arts at Farnham

Aims to provide real examples that demonstrate the application of a broad range of textile techniques and processes. The collection consists of over 3,000 artefacts ranging in date from Coptic textiles c. 800-1000 AD through to Scandinavian furnishing fabrics c.1950-1990.

Victoria and Albert Museum Fashion Collection

Largest collection of dress in the world. Key items in the collection include rare 17th-century gowns, 18th-century ‘mantua’ dresses, 1930s eveningwear, 1960s daywear and post-war couture.

West of England Costume Society

Formed in 1973 to further the aims of the Costume Society of Great Britain; includes newsletter and list of current and past events.

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