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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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It's your last chance to book for our friends the @costume_society event this Saturday.
Fancy delving into the wonderful world of menswear this weekend?
Final chance to book tickets for ‘From Combinations to Micro Briefs (via the Antarctic): A Visit to the Wolsey Menswear Archive’ at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland in Wigston. It is happening on Saturday, May 28th between 11 am-1.45 pm.
Wolsey has been producing fine gauge knitwear in Leicester since the 1740s and you will hear about the company and its products from archivist Adam Goodwin and Costume Society Chair Philip Warren. This looks like a fantastic event!
https://costumesociety.org.uk/events/details/a-visit-to-the-wolsey-menswear-archive-in-leicestershire
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We're looking forward to our visit to Salisbury Museum on 17th May. As well as looking at the museum's collection on display, we'll also have talks from Alison Carter on orientalism and egyptomania, Dr Caroline Ness on promotional designs for British textiles (as in this picture), and a look at the Look Again project run by Katy England at The Salisbury Museum. Looking forward to seeing some of you there.

#egyptomania #orientalism #1940sfashion #1950sfashion #1960sfashion #fashionhistory #costumehistory #dresshistory @carolineness4
Image: British Nylon Spinners, The Ambassador, 3, 1958.
Photograph by C Ness courtesy of Fashion Museum, Bath
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For the first time in a very long time, our committee members met at the weekend in person to discuss some exciting plans for the future. We can’t wait to share them with you! You might also spot in the picture some newsletters we looked over going back to the early days of the Society. #fashionhistory #dresshistory #costumehistory ...

Happy May Day. It is a bank holiday weekend here in the UK with many traditional events taking place including Hastings Jack in the Green on the Sussex coast, they'll be lots of green costumes on display! ...

We're excited for this evening's event! There's still time to book to join us at 7.30pm (BST) for "A Celebration of Royal Fashion".

Tickets are £7 for SCCS members and £10 for non-members. Ticket sales close today 5pm BST.

We'll be joined by two fantastic speakers. Dr Kate Strasdin's talk is entitled "Inside the Royal Wardrobe - Queen Alexandra's Approach to Style". Textile conservator Deborah Phipps talk will be on "Royal Fashion", focusing on her work to display HM The Queen’s clothing for exhibition.

Tickets are £7 for SCCS members and £10 for non-members. Ticket sales close on 6th April at 5pm BST.

Book tickets at https://bit.ly/sccsroyal (or see link in bio)

Photo on right copyright Deborah Phipps. By kind permission of the Royal Collection.

#costumehistory #fashionhistory #textilehistory #dresshistory #queenalexandra #queenelizabeth #queenelizabethii #royalfashion #edwardianfashion #museumlife
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It's your last chance to book for our online event on Wednesday 6th April at 7.30pm (GMT): A Celebration of Royal Fashion.

We'll be joined by two fantastic speakers. Dr Kate Strasdin's talk is entitled "Inside the Royal Wardrobe - Queen Alexandra's Approach to Style". Textile conservator Deborah Phipps talk will be on "Royal Fashion", focusing on her work to displaying HM The Queen’s clothing for exhibition.

Tickets are £7 for SCCS members and £10 for non-members. Ticket sales close on 6th April at 5pm BST.

Book at https://bit.ly/sccsroyal (or see link in bio).

#costumehistory #fashionhistory #textilehistory #dresshistory #queenalexandra #queenelizabeth #queenelizabethii #royalfashion #edwardianfashion
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Are you free on Wednesday evening? Would you like to learn a bit about Royal Fashion? Why not join us for "A Celebration of Royal Fashion". We have two fantastic speakers lined up. Firstly Dr Kate Strasdin, and her talk "Inside the Royal Wardrobe - Queen Alexandra's Approach to Style". Secondly textile conservator Deborah Phipps and her talk about her work in "Royal Fashion".

Tickets are £7 for SCCS members and £10 for non-members. Online event starting at 7.30pm BST.

Book tickets at https://bit.ly/sccsroyal (or see link in bio).

#fashionhistory #royalfashion #royalfamily #royalhistory #costumehistory #dresshistory #queenalexandra👑 #queenelizabethii #queenelizabeth #textileconservation #museumlife
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Are you free on Wednesday evening? Would you like to learn a bit about Royal Fashion? Why not join us for "A Celebration of Royal Fashion". We have two fantastic speakers lined up. Firstly Dr Kate Strasdin, and her talk "Inside the Royal Wardrobe - Queen Alexandra's Approach to Style". Secondly textile conservator Deborah Phipps and her talk about her work in "Royal Fashion".

Tickets are £7 for SCCS members and £10 for non-members. Online event starting at 7.30pm BST.

Book at https://bit.ly/sccsroyal (or see link in bio)

#fashionhistory #royalfashion #royalfamily #royalhistory #costumehistory #dresshistory #queenalexandra👑 #queenelizabethii #queenelizabeth #textileconservation #museumlife
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If you haven't yet booked, our next online event is on Wednesday 6th April at 7.30pm (GMT): A Celebration of Royal Fashion.

Yesterday we introduced our first speaker, Dr Kate Strasdin, and her talk "Inside the Royal Wardrobe - Queen Alexandra's Approach to Style". Tomorrow we'll share a bit more about our second speaker, textile conservator Deborah Phipps and her talk about her work in "Royal Fashion".

Tickets are £7 for SCCS members and £10 for non-members.

Book tickets at https://bit.ly/sccsroyal (or see link in bio)

#fashionhistory #royalfashion #royalfamily #royalhistory #costumehistory #dresshistory #queenalexandra👑 #queenelizabethii #queenelizabeth
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Today is international colour day. Before the 1850s, everything was dyed with natural dyes from plants, minerals, insects, molluscs, lichens and fungi.
This fabulous embroidery fragment, c. 1600-25 in the collections at @worthingmuseum shows some of the fabulous colours that can be achieved and how well they last - amazing to think this is 400 years old!
#southerncountiescostumesociety #worthingmuseum #jacobean #jacobeanembroidery #embroidery #seventeenthcentury #floral #colour #internationalcolourday #textileart #seventeenthcenturytextiles #historicfashion
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Good friend of SCCS, Dr Annebella Pollen of Brighton University, has alerted us to a free online public talk she is giving tomorrow afternoon, 16th March 4.30pm GMT. "The Social Life of Unwanted Things" is part of a programme of events that respond to "Today’s gift is tomorrow’s commodity. Yesterday’s commodity is tomorrow’s found art object. Today’s art object is tomorrow’s junk. And yesterday’s junk is tomorrow’s heirloom" by Lloyd Corporation. Annebella explores the local and global circuits of the secondhand clothing market, looking at how divested garments can move at speed through desire and disgust, traversing clashing values of use and waste. A fascinating subject that follows on from our recent study day subject "Re-Dress: Recycle, Remake, Reuse".
https://brightoncca.art/event/the-social-life-of-unwanted-things/
Image: The End of the Car Boot Sale, Dr Annebella Pollen, 2019
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In celebration of this year’s Royal Jubilee we are pleased to announce our next online event on Wednesday 6th April at 7.30pm (GMT): A Celebration of Royal Fashion.

We'll be joined by two fantastic speakers. Dr Kate Strasdin's talk is entitled "Inside the Royal Wardrobe - Queen Alexandra's Approach to Style". @katestrasdin Textile conversator Deborah Phipps talk will be on "Royal Fashion", focusing on her work to displaying HM The Queen’s clothing for exhibition.

Tickets are £7 for SCCS members and £10 for non-members.

Book tickets through our Eventbrite link. (Or see link in bio)
https://bit.ly/sccsroyal

#fashionhistory #royalfashion #royalfamily #royalhistory #costumehistory #dresshistory #queenalexandra @katestrasdin
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This is your last chance to book for our online event Re-Dress: Recycle, Remake, Reuse. ITckets are on sale until 9am (GMT) on Saturday.

http://bit.ly/336MJ3p (or use link in bio)

We hope you will join us!

#costumehistory #dresshistory #sustainablefashion #makedoandmend #fashionhistory
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Our last introduction to Saturday's speakers for our Spring Study Day on the theme 'Re-dress: Reuse, Remake, Recycle'.

Jo Lance, experienced milliner and current PhD candidate, will be giving a talk on "Making Hats with Picture Post: A 1940s millinery recreation". During the Second World War, popular weekly magazine Picture Post published a number of hat-making projects in collaboration with court milliner Aage Thaarup, which exhorted ordinary women on Britain’s home front to turn their hands to ‘Make-do and Mend’ millinery. This talk presents a recreation of an example of a hat design from 1941, made by the author for research purposes, and analyses the ingenuity and tacit knowledge required to bring such a project to fruition. The talk interprets these projects in the context of wartime shortages and the well-known government campaign that made resourceful home sewing a matter of national importance and a powerful patriotic signifier for women in a time of crisis.

Members and non-members are welcome. Tickets available here:
https://bit.ly/336MJ3p (or see link in bio)

Photo credits: Jo Lance

#costumehistory #dresshistory #fashionhistory #sustainablefashion #slowfashion
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Introducing another speaker who will be joining us for our online study day on Saturday 26th February on the theme 'Re-Dress: Recycle, Remake, Reuse'.

Barbara Burman will be joining us to give her talk entitled "'The oldest yet the latest thing’: repairing and recycling practices past and present".

Formerly Head of History of Art and Design department, Winchester School of Art in the University of Southampton, Barbara is now an independent scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her most recent publication is 'The Pocket: A Hidden History of Women’s Lives, 1660- 1900', co-authored with Ariane Fennetaux (Yale University Press 2019, paperback 2020).

Her illustrated talk will draw on archives and surviving artefacts to explore how rich and poor went about extending the life of their precious stocks of household and body linen in the long 18th and 19th centuries. She will explore how the values and skills involved in those past practices compare to their present-day equivalents and the recent turn to embracing sustainability, Slow Fashion and ‘mindful consumption’.

Members and non-members are welcome. Tickets available here:
http://bit.ly/336MJ3p (or see link in bio)

Photo credit: Barbara Burman

#costumehistory #dresshistory #fashionhistory #sustainablefashion #slowfashion
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