Saturday 29th February 2020

Study Day and AGM- 20/20 Vision – A Miscellany of Fashion

10am – 4.15pm


Prof. Aileen Ribeiro – “Fashion and the Senses”

Angus Patterson – “30 Years of Men’s Fashion: An Album of Armour Designs from the Royal Workshop, Greenwich, 1557-87”

Liz Tregenza – ‘Fashion designer, managing director and business tycoon.’ Investigating Frederick Starke.

Zack Pinsent, Pinsent Tailoring – “Historic Tailor”

Bookstall/Haberdashery: Jill Sanders

Venue: Itchen Abbas & Avington Village Hall., Nr. Winchester, SO21 1BQ

Cost: Members £22, non-members £32

Further details and booking form in January members mailing,

Non-members booking opens on 7th February or join us.

Saturday 21st March 2020

A FANtastic Brief Encounter – Marion May

Members only event.


Saturday 25thApril 2020

Dress in the age of Jane Austen

2pm for 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Presentation by Hilary Davidson, author of “Dress in the Age of Jane Austen:Regency Fashion”

Hosted by Chawton House, near Alton Hampshire.

Cost: SCCS members £10 – Booking online  Chawton House website

Cost: Non-members £12 – Booking online Chawton House website


Thursday 14th May 2020

Exploring Tudor Clothing

A study Day at the Mary Rose Museum investigating the clothing of the Tudor period.

11.00am – 4.00pm

Morning: tour of the Mary Rose Museum and a talk on the surviving garments.

Afternoon: talk entitled “Missing Persons: who were the typical Tudors?”, and a dressing demonstration by Jane Malcolm-Davies and Ninya Mikhaila, authors of “The Tudor Tailor”, regarding their recent research and forthcoming book “The Typical Tudor” (see https://www.tudortailor.com/the-typical-tudor)

Venue: The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth PO1 3PY

Cost: Members £28, Non-members £35.

Members booking form in the January mailing and members only bookings will be taken before 1st March. Non -members bookings welcome after this date subject to availability or join us. Wait List via Contact Page 


Wednesday 1st July 2020

Pockets and other treasures and members choices

11.00am – 3.30pm

A look at the history of the pocket.  Barbara Burman will be talking about her recent book “The Pocket: A Hidden History of Women’s Lives, 1660-1900” .  She will illustrate her talk with pockets from the collection of the Hampshire Cultural Trust, which also feature in the book.  The afternoon offers the opportunity to view items of dress and textiles from the HCT collection.

Venue: Chilcomb House, Winchester

Booking form in Spring newsletter Wait List via Contact Page 


Saturday 21st November 2020

Visit to the School of Historical Dress

Venue: SHD, 52 Lambeth Road, London SE1 7PP



Saturday 9th March 2019

AGM  Spring Study Day – Stuarts, Jacobites and Tartan Heritage

10am – 4.15pm


Dr. Susan North of V & A Museum: “Materials of Martyrdom: the clothing relics of Charles I”

Prof. Jonathan Faiers:  “Transition Translation & Transformation, Tartan & Contemporary Design”

Rosie Waine, presently research fellow at National Museums Scotland: “Exploring Highland Revival Fashion at the National Museum of Scotland” 

Peter MacDonald – described as Scotland’s foremost Tartan Historian – “Tartan as a Jacobite Symbol”

Bookstall/Haberdashery: Jill Sanders

Itchen Abbas & Avington Village Hall, Main Road, Itchen Abbas, Nr Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1BQ.

Cost: Members £20  Non-members £30

Further details and booking forms with the January members mailing, non-members via website.

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Tuesday 9th April 2019

Treasures of Chilcomb House : Frockcoats & Beaded Teacosies

11.00am – 4.00pm  SOLD OUT, repeat of this event added see below 10th September 2019

The day will include a talk by Sarah Howard, SCCS Bursary recipient, whose research into the making & selling of men’s fashion in late 18th & early 19th century Hampshire includes the tailor’s accounts of George & Benjamin Ferrey.

Also Alison Carter, Dress Historian,  will guide us through an examination of historical  dress & textiles at close quarters.

Venue:  Hampshire Cultural Trust, Chilcomb House, Chilcomb Lane, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8RB

Members only

Tuesday 14th May 2019

Worthing Museum visit

“From shirt to shift”

12.45am – 4.00pm  SOLD OUT

Lecture by Suzanne Rowland Fashion Historian & Ph.D. student, research includes – Development of the blouse, riding habit shirts to shift dresses – 1770s to 1920s

To include Hands On of associated costume from the Collection with Costume Curator Gerry Connolly

Venue: Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Education Room, Chapel Road, Worthing, W. Sussex. BN11 1HP

Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th July 2019

A Yorkshire Adventure

Wednesday 17th July

10.30am – 4.00pm:  Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road, Halifax, HX3 6HG.  A day in the company of the costume curator. 

Thursday 18th July

10.00am – 12.00pm: Armley Mills, Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF. A visit focused on their collection of textile machinery and tailoring items, including a handling session.

2.15pm- 4.15pm: York Castle Museum, Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY. Curator’s tour and handling session.

Cost: Members £38.00, Non-members £48.00. Maximum 20 people.


Friday 19th July

10.00am – 12.00pm: Leeds Discovery Centre, Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB. A hands-on session with the costume curator.

2.15pm – 4.30pm: ULITA & The Yorkshire Fashion Archive, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT. Hands on sessions with the two interesting collections.

Cost: Members £17.00, Non-members £22.00. Maximum 20 people.

Booking form with Spring Newsletter, non members via online booking form

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Treasures of Chilcomb House: Frockcoats & Beaded Teacosies

11.00am – 4.00pm    MEMBERS ONLY  £15  (25 places only)  SOLD OUT

Due to  heavy demand by members for the visit to Chilcomb House on 9th April 2019,  Sarah Howard & Alison Carter have kindly agreed to repeat the day.

Lecture details are as stated for 9th April

Venue: Hampshire Cultural Trust, Chilcomb House, Chilcomb Lane, Winchester Hampshire SO23 6SD Bookings forms in Spring Newsletter.

Thursday 26th September & Friday 27th September 2019


We are excited to be able to confirm arrangements for an extra visit this year. This time we are travelling over the border to Scotland – Edinburgh to be precise. This trip was initiated by an invitation from Rosie Waine, one of our study day speakers earlier in the year.

Thursday 26th September

2.00pm – 4.30pm. Museum of Edinburgh Collections Centre, 10 Broughton Road, Edinburgh, EH3 6NU.


This collection comprises some 8,000 items of costume which does include a collection of rare and early tartan and tartan garments but also features Paisley & Edinburgh shawls, a small but interesting collection of C18th clothing and a diverse selection of other items. We will split in to two groups, each group will enjoy a tour of the store and a costume session to view a curator’s selection of the collection treasures.

Friday 27th September


10.00am – 12.15pm. National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF


Here we will enjoy a guided tour by Rosie Waine of the exhibition “Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland” followed by time on your own to explore the exhibition further and to visit the museum’s Fashion and Style Gallery. Includes entry ticket for “Wild and Majestic”.

2.15 pm- 4.30pm National Museums Collection Centre, 242 West Granton Road, Granton, Edinburgh, EH5 1JA


This Centre houses the textile & costume store and the museum’s conservation lab. The dress collection includes items dating as far back as the C17th but also includes items from more recent fashion icons Jean Muir, Bernat Klein and Vivienne Westwood. We will split in to two groups, each group will enjoy a show and tell of pieces from the costume collection with a curator from the museum’s Art & Design Department as well as a conservation lab tour led by staff from the conservation lab. The lab will be working on items for next year’s fashion exhibition when we visit.

Cost: Members £42 -members will have already received their booking form with their summer newsletter.

Non-Members £48 via Event booking form.
Maximum 20 people

Thursday 10th October 2019

Mary Quant at the V & A

Booking form with the summer newsletter – MEMBERS ONLY


Saturday 14th April 2018

AGM/Study day – Revolution to Rebellion: c. 1650-1750

Alison Carter –  “Fashion at the Court of Versailles”

Mark Wallis, Director of Past Pleasures. “To the Barricades! Clothing for Revolutionaries c. 1642- 1789.”

Pat Poppy, Re-enactor – “Reproduction Costume”. A talk with examples.

Cost: Members £15, non-members  £25.  Cost includes tea and coffee – please bring your own packed lunch – Venue – Itchen Abbas & Avington Village Hall, Main Road, Itchen Abbas, Nr. Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1BQ

Saturday 21st April 2018

“Oh we do like to be beside the Seaside”

SCCS member Georgina Bradley (costume curator volunteer at Bexhill Museum) will exhibit in the Education Room some curator selected prized items.

Cost: Members  £12,  non- members £18. Venue: Bexhill museum,

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

By invitation of curator Catherine Leonard a talk on  Handcuffs & Costume Treasures, Petersfield Museum. 

This is a SCCS members only event- cost: £12

Saturday 9th June 2018

Chertsey Museum – Fashion and Freedom- Study Day

Speakers  Grace Evans, keeper of costume – “Fashion and Freedom – woman’s Emancipation and Dress”

Nicola Sowter“Madeleine Vionnet – Fashion Pioneer”.

Cost £12.50  for SCCS members and Friends of Chersey museum,  Non members – £15.

Saturday 13th October 2018

“A Passion for Kimonos”

Marion Maule will be examining the materials, influences, techniques and significance of colour and symbolism which has made the kimono an enduring symbol of traditional Japanese culture.

Alison Carter in conversation with SCCS member Meriel Spalding about her collection of kimonos and accessories.

1 – 4.30pm, the Gurkha Museum Library, Winchester SO23 8TS

Cost: Members £15   Non-members £20

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Visit to the V&A Theatre and Performance Reserve Collection at Blythe House, Olympia, London

By special invitation from Jane Pritchard, V&A Curator. A last chance
to see this wonderful collection at Blythe House before it is relocated. Members only event.

Saturday 25th February 2017

AGM & Spring Study Day By Popular Request – Performance Costume

Jane Pritchard MBE‘200 Years of Dance Costume’ – Curator of Dance at the V&A Museum and author of Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes.
Michele Carragher – ‘The Embroidery Narative’ –  Costume embroiderer for the TV series Game of Thrones.
Mandy Barrington‘Historical Stays and Corsets for the Modern Performer’ – Senior Lecturer in Costume at the Arts University, Bournemouth. In this role she has been teaching the next generation of costume makers for over 14 years, using her experience of pattern drafting and garment construction to support the production of costumes for numerous professional theatre productions. Christine Wright will be exhibiting and talking about her award winning Lewes Bonfire Society costumes

Venue: Chawton Village Hall, Winchester Road, Chawton, Hampshire GU34 1SB

Saturday 1st April 2017

Fashion day at the Bishopsgate Institute “FASHION STREET”, organised by dress historian E. J. Scott in association with the Bishopsgate Institute.

E-J will help us explore the photography, ephemera and news archives etc. with the senior archivist and exhibitions officer.
The Bishopsgate Institute is at 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH

Saturday 22nd April 2017

A Day out in Lewes

Two of the lesser known treasures of Lewes, a combined visit to Edward Reeves Photography Studio http://www.edwardreeves.com/archive/ and the Wardrobe Collection at Lewes Little Theatre http://www.lewestheatre.org/  Lewes, East Sussex.

Tuesday 16th May 2017

The School of Historical Dress

Many of you will know that the school has recently moved in to a permanent new home. We have received an invitation from Jenny Tiramani to visit.  The School houses the Janet Arnold Archive as well as an ever expanding collection of dress and textiles which are regularly used for study on its courses.  http://theschoolofhistoricaldress.org.uk/I

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th July 2017

Herefordshire Costume Visit

Once again we are off on our travels – so get the dates in your diaries! Full details will follow in the Spring Newsletter, but this year’s adventures will take us to Herefordshire.

Wednesday 2.00-400pm we have an optional add on trip to Ludlow Museum Resource centre to see among other things, the 1708-9 mantua featured in Patterns of Fashion1.  Cost Members £6.00

Thursday, we will be visiting Berrington Hall, home of the Snowshill Costume Collection, which was collected by Charles Paget Wade, previous owner of Snowshill in Gloucestershire. Anyone who has copies of the Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion series or Nancy Bradfield’s Costume in Detail 1730-1930, will be aware of this important collection.

Friday morning will be a visit to Charles and Patricia Lester Ltd. Fashion and textile Art, manufacturers of luxury textiles at the Workhouse Design Studios and then in the afternoon we will be spliting into to 2 groups to visit the Hereford Costume Collection, housed at the Museum Resource and Learning Centre in Hereford and to vist some of Herefords city sights. Cost £30.00 for both days, plus entrance to Berrington hall for Non-National Trust members.

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

This is the first UK exhibition to explore the work and legacy of the Spanish couturier, showcasing over 100 garments and hats crafted by Balenciaga, his proteges and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. It examines Balenciaga’s work from the 1950s and 1960s – arguably the most creative period of his career – when he dressed some of the most renowned women of the age and became revered by his contemparies, including Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. Only 15 tickets, timed for 1.15pm available to members only. Introductory talk before the visit. Cost £12.50.

Thursday 30th November 2017

Westminster funeral effigies

SCCS members have been given a unique offer from Brighton based conservator, Zenzie Tinker for a tour of the exhibition of Westminster Effigy costume which will be open to the public in 2018. Still in the course of construction this exhibition will eventually include costume from the funeral effigies of Elizabeth 1 and Francis, Duchess of Richmond.
Location:  Westminster Abbey London on Thursday 30th November at 2.15pm.  SCCS Members Only

Saturday 27th February 2016

Parisian Chic – Spring study Day and AGM

Lou Taylor: ‘Paris Style during the Nazi Occupation – 1940-45. Was it Chic?’ Lou is the author of The Study of Dress History 2002 & Establishing Dress History 2005. Her career has focused  on the development of critical approaches to the discussion  of the objects of clothing in their historical, material culture & museology settings, through teaching, publishing, exhibition curating & PhD supervision. University of Brighton.
Amy de la Haye: ‘Corsets and Crinolines: Chanel’s lesser known romantic evening wear in the 1920s and 30s’ Amy is Professor of Dress History and Curatorship at London College of Fashion  (LCF), University of the Arts.
Jenni Sundheim: ‘Interpreting the day dress worn by Madame Prospérie’ Bartholomé in the picture ‘Dans la Serre’ c.1881 (In the Conservatory) painted by Paul-Albert Bartholomé. A model will be wearing the costume which Jenni has reproduced. Jenni is a SCCS member who is currently working under the supervision of Lou Taylor.

Exhibition of Parisian couture by Marion May
Haberdashery/Bookstall by Jill Sanders. Venue: Itchen Abbas & Avington Village Hall, Main Road, Itchen Abbas, Nr Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1BQ.

Wednesday 16th March 2016

Costume at Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight – Costume collection includes 1,780 items including lace pieces, yachting costumes, Redfern costume etc. http://carisbrookecastlemuseum.org.uk/ 1pm – 4pm Limited car spaces available for the crossing and transport to the island.

Saturday 21st May 2016

The Finishing touches – Hats, Accessories & Afternoon Tea and Scones with Marion May & Carolyn Last. Both will be exhibiting new acquisitions.  Combined with anecdotal evidence they will entertain us with their stories of purchase, provenance and power to add that finishing touch to an outfit, be it 19th or 20th century. 10.45am – 3.30pm.The Arbothnot Hall, Hullbrook lane, Shamley Green Nr Guildford Surrey GU5 0UA. Cost £12 per member non members £15 this includes tea or coffee on arrival and afternoon tea and scones, please bring your own lunch.

Thursday 21st July and Friday 22nd July 2016

Norfolk Textile and Costume Visit – Includes private guided tours to Norwich Museum, Blickling Hall and The Textile Conservation Studio NT
Also includes a textile related guided walk of Norwich. Cost: Members £47.00 non members £57 (plus entrance cost to Blickling Hall, for non-national Trust members).

Tuesday 11th October 2016

V & A Museum – Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear. There will be a introduction by Edwina Erhman, the curator @ 11.30 for 12’oclock entry. Fifteen places only.  Members only event.[hr]

Saturday 12th November 2016

Waisted Effforts – Grace Evans, Keeper of Costume – Explores the changing fashionable waistline from the 18th century through to the New Look. This study day is offered in association with SCCS ( reduced rates apply). Chertsey Museum, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8AT. www.chertseymuseum.org

Saturday 28th February 2015

Muskets & Muslin
AGM and Study Day at The Gurkha Museum Winchester
10.15am – 4.00pm

Speakers: A Rifleman of the 1st Light Battalion King’s German Legion & his Lady Wife. Mark Wallis of Past Pleasures – MD of Britain’s oldest and largest Historical Interpretation Company. His talk is entitled – Well Dressed for the Enemy.

Jenny Tiramani – Designer – Founder member & head of The School of Historical Dress, London.  Director of design at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre from 1977 – 2005.  Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for best Costume Design for Twelfth Night on Broadway. Jenny is also Principal at The School of Historical Dress which houses the Janet Arnold Archive and is currently working on the fifth book in the Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion Series. Tickets – Members and non – members.

Saturday 21st March 2015

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty At the V & A London

This internationally acclaimed exhibition, which sold out in New York, is coming to the V& A next Spring and we have a group visit to the exhibition which showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs are presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

Thursday 21st May & Saturday 23rd May 2015

Inside out:  Big Dress & Textile Collection – Hands on at the Horsham Museum, choice of days. White gloves provided. See their website  https://www.horshammuseum.org/collections/costume to view the big dress catalogue. Members only event.

Tuesday 14th July 2015

The Social whirl of life between the Wars  with Patricia Godwin, who studied painting & sculpture at Bath Academy of Art. One time private detective, publisher, she became a freelance designer of posters & record covers for the Palm Court Theatre Orchestra of Bournemouth founded by her late husband.  Patricia owns a collection of 20th century clothes worn by a prominent Bedfordshire family. White gloves provided.  Red House Museum Christchurch Dorset BH23 1BU

Saturday 18th July – Sun 19th July 2015

Killerton House, Totnes Fashion & Textile Museum, Royal Albert Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter. A private guided tour by invitation to SCCS by curators E J Scott & Shelley Tobin. Totnes F & T Museum is being opened just for us. Killerton House visit will include items especially chosen for us from store by E J Scott.

Wednesday 30th September 2015

Downton Lace Collection  at Salisbury Museum with Pompi Parry. Also to include afternoon visit to view embroidered Cathedral Vestments, Salisbury Museum & Cathedral  Wiltshire.

Thursday  22nd October 2015

The Well Dressed Man – Museum of London. In the morning- 11.30am: A visit to Henry Poole and Co,15 Savile Row, for a tour of this famous tailors premises. In the afternoon – 2.00pm: A visit to the Museum of London, where Curator Tim long , an expert on  men’s fashion will talk about men’s tailoring and show us some gems from the museums menswear collection.

Sunday 1st March 2014

AGM and Spring Study Day – What the Other Half Wore

Dr Danae Tankard – 17th c Clothes’ Shopping
Lesley Parker B.A. – Your Medieval Gown
Jayne Shrimpton M.A. – 19th c Fashion in Family Pictures
Sarah Bartlett – Re-creation of Janet Arnold’s Eleanor of Toledo gown.
Venue – Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, West Sussex

Monday 28th April 2014

A Fresh Look at the Bedales costume collection with Catherine Leonard. Granted £5,000 from the Association of Independent Museums in 2012, to aid conservation and evaluation, plus a bursary from SCCS, members are now invited to view the results of this work in the gallery and in their off-site stores. Flora Twort Gallery, Petersfield, Hampshire, Members only Event.

Tuesday 20th May 2014

Wedding Dresses 1775 – 2014 at the V&A – London. A member’s group visit to the new exhibition “Wedding Dresses 1775 – 2014”. We were very fortunate to have an introductory talk by the Curator of the exhibition Edwina Ehrman.

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Cutting Edge – From Madame Vionnet to Jo Mattli. Bursary recipient Nicola Sowter’s lecture was based on the collection of Madeleine Vionnet gowns worn by Lady Minoru Foley. This research formed the basis of Nicola’s M.A. dissertation.
Caroline Ness PhD discussed her thesis on Jo Mattli the Swiss born British couturier – in London from 1934 to 1975. Jo Mattli was a Vogue couture pattern Designer. Hampshire Records office – Cinema lecture Theatre – Sussex Street Winchester.

Tuesday 29th July 2014

Profiles of the Past – Silhouettes 1760 – 1960. 11.00 am – 4.15 pm
We are very lucky to have secured exclusive access to this dress exhibition before it opens to the general public. Nick Tyson (RTH) and E-J Scott (University of Brighton) will be hosts of a creative day of silhouettes and fashion. Included is a demonstration of a working silhouette cutting machine, an introduction to the House and the Project, a tour of the Dress and Image Exhibition and Town House. E-J will give a presentation tracing the shift in Dress Silhouettes from 1760- 1960. The Profiles of the Past project (www.profilesofthepast.org.uk) is being developed by The Brunswick Town Charitable Trust and The Regency Town House Heritage Centre, in co-operation with members of the Silhouette Collectors Club and the University of Brighton Dress History Collective.Venue: The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, East Sussex BN3 1EH

Wednesday 12th November 2014

Knitwear in Fashion – Chanel to Westwood. A curated tour of vintage fashion knitwear from the 20th Century. Through an exciting combination of famous names and visually exciting pieces, the exhibition charts the influence of art movements Pop, Punk and Deconstruction alongside new knitwear technologies and design innovation. Fashion and Textile Museum, London, SE1.