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.  

The exchange of ideas, knowledge and shared interests is always an enjoyable part of our Society. Period and vintage dress, theatrical costumes, ethnic clothing, button making, re-enactment costumes, conservation and care of textiles, wartime austerity and haute couture have all featured in the Society’s activities in the past. 

Membership is widespread and activities are held throughout Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex, Surrey and London. We organise events in person and online, including lectures, study days, visits to museums, stately homes and private collections. We also encourage members to interact and organise their own meet ups at events and exhibitions. 

Our regular e-newsletters share news about upcoming events and exhibitions, interesting online content and contributions from our members.  

Whilst our interests are serious, the Society is friendly and fun and we welcome new members.