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The Southern Counties Costume Society (SCCS) was formed in 1995 to bring together people interested in all aspects of textiles, clothing construction, accessories and ornamentation across the centuries.  Membership is widespread and activities are held throughout Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex, Surrey and London.

Events include lectures, study days, visits to museums, stately homes and private collections.  These are held variously during the week, at weekends and in the evening.  The exchange of ideas and knowledge is always an enjoyable part of these events.

Period and vintage dress, theatrical costumes, ethnic clothing, button making, re-enactment costumes, conservation and care of textiles, war-time austerity and haute couture have all featured in the Society’s programmes. Email updates on events and exhibitions are circulated on a regular basis.

Members receive three newsletters each year compiled from their contributions.  These  include articles and information about visits, events, exhibitions, useful websites and suppliers.

Whilst our interests are serious the Society is friendly and fun.  New members are welcomed at any time throughout the year.


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Great news! If you missed the fabulous portraying pregnancy exhibition before lock down. The Foundling Museum extended to the 23rd August 🙌
https://www.facebook.com/FoundlingMuseum/videos/3579237762089872/?vh=e @foundlingmuseum #historyofdress #museums #pregnancyclothing #fashionhistory #fashion #theartofdress #style #historicdress #mumtobe #pregnancystyle #london #lockdown
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Wimbledon fashions 🎾🎾
Are you watching classic matches from Wimbledon on bbc2 this week?
Back in the 1800s women entering the Wimbledon Tennis Championships could be expected to wear a body-length undergarment, corset, 2 petticoats, silk dress, straw boater and tennis apron. Yes: a tennis apron. The whole thing could weigh as much as 4.9kg. Things have changed so much since then! Here is a Steen skirt and blouse 1900’s #wimbledonfashion #tennisdress #historyofdress #fashionthroughtheages #fashioninsport #historicaldress #tennis #wimbledon #bbc2 #wimbledonrecreated
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Happy wedding anniversary to Chris our Chair at Southern Counties Costume Society 🥂
Here’s a wonderful photograph from their period costume inspired wedding. Chris hand made her wedding dress, her mums dress and six bridesmaid dresses there was so much sewing the wedding was postponed 9 months to complete all the outfits! Chris and her mum embellished lace and sewed on over 25,000 pearl beads and 35,000 sequins in total! Fabulous ❤️ thanks for sharing with us Chris #vintageinspiredwedding #vintageweddingdress #dresshistory #weddingday #handmadeweddingdress #vintagebride #uniqueweddingdress #lacegown #memorylane #vintagebridal #classic #love #weddinginspo #fashionhistory #costumehistory #dresshistorian #fashionhistorian #sequinsandpearls #lace
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Did you know that we offer bursaries? These are available to any individuals whether they are a member of SCCS or not, though we do give preference to SCCS members. We are particularly keen to support postgraduate students and researchers who live, work or are studying in our region (Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex, Surrey and London), but are open to applications beyond this area. There are a wealth of costume collections within our region and anyone wishing to research within those collections or assist / volunteer with them, would also be of particular interest. Applications are welcomed for up to £250 to cover expenses such as travel cost, research materials, conference fees etc. Further details are available on our website https://sccostumesociety.org.uk/bursary-award/ where you can also obtain an application form. Closing date for applications is 31st July. #dresshistory #research #historicaldress #fashionstudent #bursary #historylovers #textileartist #textiles #fashionthroughtheages #hampshire #dorset #wiltshire #fashionblogger #stylefashion #study #sussex #surrey #london #studentlife #museum #collections #fabric #postgrad #historyoffashion #historicalreenactment #costumier #perioddress #historicalsewing #historicaltailoring ...

Alexandra Kim and Dr Ann Wass invite you to join their virtual presentation exploring the letters of two British sisters who lived in Madras (now Chennai) at the beginning of the 19th century to discover how they sought to dress.

#Presentation #dress #dresshistorians #letters #textiles #style #history #GwillimProject #costumesocietyuk #historyofdress #fashionthroughtheages #fashionhistory #19thcentury #fashiongram
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The Wonder of Embroidery
Fabric of Britain
Episode 3 of 3 available to watch now!
Medievalist Dan Jones goes in search of surviving works from the great age of English embroidery, some of which survived the destruction of art during the Reformation.
The Reformation in England witnessed the destruction of the most brilliant art of the medieval age. Church paintings and stained glass - even sculpture - were destroyed throughout England in the name of religion. And yet one art survived against the odds - the art of medieval embroidery.
Click the link to watch

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01hvv4w
#embriodery #fabricofbritain #watchnow #lockdown #historyofembroidery #embroiderylove #fashionthreads #history #medievalhistory #reformation #danjoneshistorian #englishembroidery #wonder #medievalstyle
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Hello new followers! Thanks for following 🙌⭐️ Why not join us membership is just £10 a year! You’ll receive 3 Newsletters each year, these include articles and information about collections, events, exhibitions, useful websites and suppliers. Get preferential rates for events which include study days, visits to collections both private and museum based. Click for more information and to find out more about us! https://sccostumesociety.org.uk/join-us/ #fashionhistory #fabriclove #vintage #costume #tailoring #couturefashion #theartofdress #conservation #learning #wearinghistory #fashion #clothing #dress #history #joinus #membership ...

Happy birthday, Vogue Paris! 🎂100 years ago, on June 15th 1920, the first ever edition of the French magazine came out
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#vogue #fashionmagazine #style #styleinspo #fashion #voguemagazine #voguecover #fashionhistory #1920s #happybirthday
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Did you find somewhere comfy to read your @southerncountiescostumesociety newsletter? Packed with interesting articles and in full colour... Memberahip costs just £10 a year our members get 3 newsletters a year and during lockdown our special weekly ENews. Click the link to find out more 🙋🏼‍♀️ https://sccostumesociety.org.uk/joinus # fashionhistory #dresshistory #textiles #historyofdress #collections #museumfromhome #fashion #vintage #fashionlover #lockdown #whatwewerewearing #carllarsson ...

Date for the diary!
Fashion historian Carmela Spinelli presents "The story of the colour black in fashion."
Tue, June 2, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-story-of-the-color-black-in-fashion-registration-104467310538
#fashion #fashionhistory #colourblack #littleblackdress #museumsfromhome #dateforthediary #historyofdress #eveningwear #vintagestyle #vintage #couture #cloth #designers #eventbrite #tunein
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A current benefit of membership to the Southern Counties Costume Society is our weekly Enews! We’ve been keeping in touch with our members during lockdown producing weekly ENews updates since 25th March - Our updates include articles and snippets from members about their interests, current research or current costume-related work / projects. We have developed themes which have recently included VEDay / WWII, the Tudors and Regency / Jane Austen. Some of our themes tie in with events that we had hoped to run this year, others have linked to the social calendar – like Chelsea Flower Show with a Florals theme and other still have been inspired by articles submitted by the membership. We’ve had some interesting discussions arise around some of the articles and have got some good follow-up for future editions. We have also been promoting high quality online content and have been able to keep members up to date with some information in relation to our local museums, who are much in need of our support in the current circumstances.
If you have an interest in fashion history, costume, textiles and more, why not join us?
Membership costs just £10 a year, click the link for more information on what membership includes.
https://sccostumesociety.org.uk/join-us/

Here’s the Enews team at their latest Zoom meeting, in their summer hats during Chelsea flower show week. Anthea won for style – none of them were claiming historical accuracy! 🌸🌸🌸 @southerncountiescostumesociety #fashion #historyofdress #keepintouch #stayhome #lockdown #membership #welovefashion #joinus #museumfromhome #janeausten #regency #tudor #designers #conservators #dress #zoom
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On theme with the Virtual @the_rhs Chelsea Flower Show fabulous florals! 🌸🌸🌸
Check out the @fidmmuseum blog for a paper flower activity and later this week a video tutorial from Collections Manager Carolyn Jamerson (the mastermind behind the gorgeous floral headpieces in this exhibition). L: Evening coat, La Belle Hotel Astor, c. 1925. Loan courtesy of Linda & Steven Plochocki.
R: Jacket-bodice, Jacques Doucet, c. 1898. Loan courtesy of Linda & Steven Plochocki. #fabulousflorals #museumsfromhome #chelseaflowershow #headdress #fashionhistory #stayhome #fashion #showstopper #style #eveningwear #floralcrown #flowersarelife #flashesofdelight #elegance
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