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.