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The Southern Counties Costume Society (SCCS) was formed in 1993 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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Two of our lovely committee members Sarah & Chris @firleplace today! If you love all things textile related have an interest in historical dress, accessories and ornamentation across the centuries why not join us! Our in person activities are held throughout Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex, Surrey and London during lockdown we have successfully launched an online programme of events and held our annual study weekend online enabling us to keep connected with our members and make new exciting connections worldwide. This means our membership has gone global!
The exchange of ideas and knowledge is always an enjoyable part of our 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 regularly. Members receive three newsletters each year compiled from their contributions. These include articles and information about visits, events, exhibitions, useful websites and suppliers.
To find out more please head to our website - link in bio membership is just £10 a year. #historyofdress #fashionthroughthedecades #fabricaddict #couture #dress #costume #design #textiledesign #sewing #sewersofinstagram #ootd #historicclothing #embroidery #historylovers #reenactment #buttonsandbows #threads #onlineevents #theartofdress #tailoring #vintage #sustainableclothing
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@southerncountiescostumesociety were lucky enough to visit The Regency Wardrobe collection at Firle Place today! If you haven’t been it’s not too late the house and exhibition are open until October 26th 2021.
All the finished pieces from Stefanie’s Regency Wardrobe are live on www.stephaniesmart.net
In 2017 Stephanie formally established her own fashion label The House of Embroidered Paper;
Stephanie's working practice combines that of a fashion house and a fine art studio. Each garment produced is a work of paper textiles, created using only paper and thread; inspired by period and place, history and story.

Stephanie began producing items of clothing from paper after seeing a paper kaftan, made for a Sultan in Istanbul, decorated with illustrations and scripture.
Head to her web page for more on the fascinating story 🧵🪡 #paper #papercraft #fabricartist #textileartist #paperquilling #paperdresses #paperpattern #regency #stefaniesmart #firle #sussex #art
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Fashionable farming! Home Grown Home Spun check out the article here 🚜🚜🚜 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58883328 #growyourownclothes #flax #spinning #fashion #fashionablefarming #plantfibre #linen #foraging #fashiongram #historicdress #fabriclove ...

In the spring of 2021, the Museum of London acquired two fashion ensembles and a group of oral histories from Tihara Smith and her Granddad, Lazare Sylvestre. Together, these acquisitions tell a multi-generational story about immigration, life in London, and a shared love for fashion. 💛🧡 Click the link to read more https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/black-british-fashionable-windrush-story @museumoflondon @tiharasmith #windrush #fashion #blackhistorymonth #fashionlove #generations #heritage #museumsfromhome #london #windrushgeneration ...

🧡🧡Join us at our next event “Autumn Costume Catch-Up – Creating, Crafting, Cogitating” on Tuesday 28th September at 7pm via Zoom.
Come and share your costume and textile projects from practical creating and crafting to researching and cogitating!

This informal event is for SCCS members only. It provides an opportunity for members to share what you've been up to over the summer and past year and to ask questions or pass on tips you've learnt. Have you been doing some interesting costume research or embarking on a practical costume or textile project? Do you need some help to move your project on or gain some inspiration from others members? Have you added a new item of costume to your collection or been volunteering with costume collections at your local museum?

This event is a great way to meet other members and to find out about their summer and lockdown costume and textile projects!

Tickets are £5 each and as with all our Catch-ups these sessions work best with your participation, to make sure everyone has a chance to join in we are again restricting this event to 25 people. To start the ball rolling, Sarah Gray will share a special family craft project and Catherine Leonard will tell us a bit more about her work on the new costume exhibits at Petersfield Museum. For more information head to our website 💛🧡🤍 #onlineevent #fashionandtextilesforever #museumsfromhome #autumn #historyofdress #historicaldressmaker #diydressmaker #dressmaking #sewing #sewingbee #sewingproject #craft #fabriclove #antiquetextiles #fashionthroughtheages #textileaddict
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Our next event “Autumn Costume Catch-Up – Creating, Crafting, Cogitating” on Tuesday 28th September at 7pm via Zoom.
Come and share your costume and textile projects from practical creating and crafting to researching and cogitating!

This informal event is for SCCS members only. It provides an opportunity for members to share what you've been up to over the summer and past year and to ask questions or pass on tips you've learnt. Have you been doing some interesting costume research or embarking on a practical costume or textile project? Do you need some help to move your project on or gain some inspiration from others members? Have you added a new item of costume to your collection or been volunteering with costume collections at your local museum?

This event is a great way to meet other members and to find out about their summer and lockdown costume and textile projects!

Tickets are £5 each and as with all our Catch-ups these sessions work best with your participation, to make sure everyone has a chance to join in we are again restricting this event to 25 people. To start the ball rolling, Sarah Gray will share a special family craft project and Catherine Leonard will tell us a bit more about her work on the new costume exhibits at Petersfield Museum. For more information head to our website 💛🧡🤍 image vintage Vogue #onlineevent #fashionandtextilesforever #museumsfromhome #autumn #historyofdress #historicaldressmaker #diydressmaker #dressmaking #sewing #sewingbee #sewingproject #craft #fabriclove #antiquetextiles #fashionthroughtheages #textileaddict
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From the @fashion_museum_bath This fantastic trio of dresses by Victor Edelstein, Christian Dior and Bill Gibb are just some of the many reasons to support the @fashion_museum_bath Buy a Bag campaign.

When you donate, you will:

1. Protect the collection that you love ready for the move with an archival garment bag
2. Take part in this once in a generation move of one of the World’s great collection of dress
3. Receive something brilliant if you choose a reward.

Your donation will buy a garment bag that will protect the collection from dust, water, light and pests during the move. Our future plans are still in development but what we can say is that they are really exciting, and we can’t wait to share them with you when we can.

As a thank you for your donation you can choose from a range of rewards. There is something for everyone: books and totes, your name written on the garment bag tag and a late night event.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. You have protected 170 garments in the collection. 1230 to go!

Be a part of the Fashion Museum’s future, for more information and how to donate to Buy a Bag today > http://ow.ly/p02q50FOWWH #buyabag #bath #fashionthroughtheages #savethemuseum #dresshistory #dior #fashionandtextilesforever #fashion #ootd #fashioninspo #fabriclove #dress #savethecollection #fashionhistory
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Happy World Embroidery Day 🧵 The first World Embroidery Day took place in Sweden. In 2011, a local group belonging to Sweden’s Embroidery Guild took the initiative to organise a special day to celebrate Embroidery and it is now celebrated each year on 30th July. 🧵🧵🧵
Don't know your counted thread from your freestyle? Not heard of bargello? Get up to speed with the illustrated guide from the Victoria and Albert museum London

https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/embroidery-styles-an-illustrated-guide

Left to right: Pair of shoes with bargello embroidery, maker unknown, 1730 – 40, England. Museum no. T.64&A-1935. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Chair seat with bargello embroidery (detail), maker unknown, 1700 – 50, England. Museum no. T.178-1925. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London #worldembroideryday #embroidery #embroideryart #historyofdress #threads #stitchthroughtime #relax #colourpop #fashioninspo #fashionhistory #textiles #embrioderylove #fashionthroughthedecades
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