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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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Our next event 💛🧡💚 “An Afternoon Visit to the Corset Factory” with Philip Warren. Tuesday 18th May at 7pm GMT
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Tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite.

Costume Historian and Chair of the Costume Society, Philip Warren, will give a presentation entitled: An Afternoon Visit to the Corset Factory: R&WH Symington of Market Harborough” to be followed by a Q&A. This talk tells the story of the famous corsetry, swimwear and foundation garment manufacturer that dominated the working life of Market Harborough from the 1870s through to the 1990s using original images from the Symington archive.

Tickets for SCCS Members and Members of The Costume Society (UK) are £5. Non-members tickets are £8.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-afternoon-visit-to-the-corset-factory-with-philip-warren-tickets-151357820315

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TODAY @fash_rev Dialogue - Art of Surface Patterns through Dye
A peek into our everything we at Ka-Sha Hand-quilting, Embroidery, Dyeing Techniques, conversations and more to come together and create, learn, interact and connect. Day 3 - Art of Surface Patterns through Dye @fash_rev for more info 🧡💛❤️ #handquilting
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Fashion Revolution Week (19-25 April) is an annual event, now in its eighth year, that commemorates the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013, which killed 1,134 people in Dhaka District, Bangladesh.
This year, @portsmouthuni will host a series of internal and external events focussed on sustainability, human rights and responsible design in the fashion and textiles industry.

Thu 22 April | 6.00pm-7.30pm
Research discussion and exploration of the role of Charity Shops and Thrift Stores in fashion consumption behaviours.
This Fashion Revolution Week event is a free public online event.

Chaired by Dr Elaine Igoe, Senior Lecturer in Textiles and Fashion at the University of Portsmouth.

While charity shops may get ‘ransacked’ by style-hungry shoppers or picked over by middle-class young women, in most shops people seem to be up to something different. What kinds of work or labour are happening in these spaces, and in particular, how are people using them to get by, make do and live together as inequalities and social welfare cuts deepen?

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly heavily impacted the UK charity shop sector. While would-be donations pile up in houses, our dependency on the availability and capacity of the charity shop sector to deal with clothing waste has become more apparent. Without being able to ‘offload’ our unwanted clothing, what are the consequences on the fashion and textiles value chain?
For more information...
https://www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/events/charity-shopping-second-hand-citizens
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There are just a couple of tickets remaining for our “Costume Catch Up” - Bags on Wednesday 21st April 3pm GMT Tickets are just £5 so if you’d like to join us you’ll need to book soon. Not a member? No problem - click the link in bio and apply through our webpage 🛍🛍🛍 #bags #handbag #insidemybag #purse #borsa #accessories #vintage #vintagefashion #bagsthroughtime #onlineevent #historyofdress #fashion #baglady #letstalkbags #leather #plastic #paper #sequins #mybag #abagforalloccassions #quiltedbag #bagit #designer #homemade #sew #costumecatchup #southerncountiescostumesociety #sccs #joinus ...

Are you a floral addict like me? Here’s a date for the diary @fashiontextilemuseum The Flowering of English Chintz: 1800 –1875 Thursday 27 May |  6pm – 7:30pm | £5 | Online Event Join curator and world textile expert Mary Schoeser for this online lecture exploring English Chintz.
Chintzes, those multi-coloured floral printed cottons that were already widely known and loved by 1800 and had originally owed their appearance to India. Yet during the first 75 years of the nineteenth century, British designers developed a style that was unique. It owed something to India and to the French but was even more influenced by the creation of English gardens, the most famous of which is Kew Gardens, officially founded as a national botanical garden in 1840.

This online lecture demonstrates how designs changed over the period, as well as highlighting the importance of women as consumers, whose tastes were informed by new trends in gardening and collections of botanical prints. Mary will also illustrate the chintzes that were criticised as bad taste and reveals whether that made them more of less popular. #dateforthediary #chintz #botanicalillustration #kewgardens #textiles #florals #floraladdict #fabricaddict #museumsfromhome #gardening #1800s #onlineevent #historicdress #fashionthroughtheages
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2021 marks thirty years since The Fan Museum first opened to the public. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, the museum is launching a series of free-to-attend online talks, each exploring a different aspect of the Museum’s extensive archive of fan-themed exhibitions. Talks will take place on the Zoom conferencing platform and advance booking is essential. To book is easy! Just email info@thefanmuseum.org.uk stating your full name and the title/s of the talk/s you would like to attend.
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The Fan Museum at 30: Schedule of Talks

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wed 05 May 2021.
The Fan Museum at 30: 'Director’s Choice.'
Join The Fan Museum’s Founder and Director, Hélène Alexander as she reflects on 30 extraordinary years (to the day!) of exhibition making. Curator, Jacob Moss will facilitate a richly illustrated presentation in which Mrs Alexander will highlight just one exhibition from each of the past three decades she’s presided over. The talk will conclude with a short Q&A. If you would like to put questions to Mrs Alexander, please do so in advance by emailing info@thefanmuseum.org.uk

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wed 02 June 2021.
The Fan Museum at 30: 'The Romantic Age.'
Join Mary Kitson, The Fan Museum consultant and Secretary to the Fan Circle International as she reflects on the 2019 exhibition, 'The Romantic Age'. Mary will discuss some of the exhibition’s key themes and illustrate a selection of early to mid-19th century fans featured within the displays.

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wed 07 July 2021.
The Fan Museum at 30: 'Seduced! Fans & the Art of Advertising.'
Join The Fan Museum’s curator, Jacob Moss as he reflects on the 2013 exhibition, 'Seduced! Fans & the Art of Advertising'. Jacob will discuss some of the key themes within the exhibition and present a colourful array of promotional fans dating from the late-19th century to interwar period.

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wed 04 August 2021.
The Fan Museum at 30: TBC
Details of the final talk in the current series coming soon.
#handfan #fans #historicdress #vintagefashion ##thefanmuseum #greenwich #fanmaking #collections #gauguin #artdeco #foldingfan #18thcentury #repost
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🛍Just to let you know that tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite for our next online event, the first in our new series of Costume Catch-Ups. This is an SCCS members only event and there are just 25 tickets available. Wednesday 21st April 2021 3pm GMT

The idea of the Costume Catch-Ups is a more informal meeting where we can “chat” on a costume related subject. Our first session is on bags and we are very excited to have SCCS member and self-confessed ”Bag Lady”, Margaret Denyer, joining us to chat about all things bag related. Margaret will share with us some of the treasures of her collection, but we’ll also be talking about what got her into collecting bags, a bit about her collection in general and looking at the bags that you all “bring along”. This event will be held in a zoom meeting format and we’ll all be on screen so that we can “chat” and share stories about our bags. You might have a favourite bag that holds a special memory for you, or just a bag you use every day, perhaps you too have a collection of bags you’d like to tell us a bit about or a bag that you’d like to learn more about. What was your first bag? – do you still have it? Maybe your bag has a particular link to a family member? Or perhaps you’ve bought a vintage bag in the past just because you liked the pattern or the shape. So make yourself a cuppa, grab a slice of cake or your favourite treat and join us for a “Catch-Up”. We look forward to seeing you and your own treasured bags. Link it bio to join as a member 🛍 image ‘Graffiti Keepall 50’ Luggage, Stephen Sprouse for Louis Vuitton, spring/summer 2001 #onlineevents #bags #vintagestyle #vintagefasion #fashion #historylovers #historyofcostume #historicdress #whatsinmybag #mybag #baglady #bagcollection #louisvitton #grabyourbag #costumecatchup #holdall #purse #purseaddict #bagaddict #laborsa
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Have you chosen your Easter bonnet? We’d love to see 💛🧡🐣Edgar Degas: The Millinery Shop, 1885 #millinery #degas #easter #easterbonnet #spring #headwear #florals #ribbonsandbows #decisions #hats #underthebonnet #easterparade #easter2021 ...

Yihoo we have reached 1000 followers! 🤩 Hello new followers! Thank you for following - it's great to connect with so many of you from all over the globe. Here's a little bit about us
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. Whilst 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 #reenactment #onlineevents #theartofdress #tailoring #vintage #sustainableclothing
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Happy birthday William Morris 🎂 La Belle Iseult 1858 @tate
This is the only completed easel painting that William Morris produced. It is a portrait in medieval dress of Jane Burden, whom Morris married in April 1859. The picture has been identified in the past as Queen Guenevere, partly owing to the fact that Morris published his first volume of poetry, The Defence of Guenevere, in March 1858. However, recent research has established convincingly that the picture is intended to represent Iseult mourning Tristram's exile from the court of King Mark. #williammorris #artsandcrafts #artsandcraftsmovement #fashionthroughtheages #fashioninart #historyofart #historyoffashion #fashion #guenevere #medioeval
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Another date for the diary!

Tuesday 18th May 7pm GMT– Philip Warren’s - “An Afternoon Visit to the Corset factory: R&WH Symington of Market Harborough” – tickets on sale online nearer the time. #corset #vinatge #corsetry #shapewear #lingerie #waisttrainer #korset #corsetmaking #waist #pinup #corseteria #lacing #burlesque #elegance #libertybodice #marketharborough
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