The Costume Almanac

An Information Highway for Costumiers and the Home Crafter 


The Costume Society

(United Kingdom)

Members have access to conferences, events, information, publications

and study awards.

Twice yearly newsletter

and journal.

London, EC1A 4AB

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Victoria and Albert Museum

Spanning four centuries, the V&A boasts the largest fashion collection in the world and a good bookshop.

Permanent gallery displaying European fashion

and accessories from 1750 to the present day

and additional exhibitions.

Also has a free -to-use National Art reference library.   London, SW7 2RL

Phone: 0044 (0)20 7942 2000    [email protected]

Elizabethan Costume

Interesting facts about Elizabethan dress, class and society.

Medieval Life and Times

Interesting facts about medieval dress, class and society.

Rotherhithe Picture Library

Established in 1975 this is a free-to-use visual reference library with subjects from costume, advertising, sports, textiles, trades and occupations, transport and war.  London, SE16 4HZ

Phone: 0044 (0)20 7231 2209

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The Old Bookshop

Costume and fashion books and magazines to buy online.

Visits to their premises arranged by appointment.

London, EN2 0PZ

Phone: 0044 (0)20 8366 0722

Frock Flicks

Amusing but informative site analysing costumes made and worn in period feature films and TV series.

The Costumers Guide to Movie Costumes

Site containing research, reference images and making tips of costumes worn in the movies.

Siam Costumes Cutters Guides

Fashion plates and adverts from mainly 19th and 20th Centuries of mens, womens and military dress.

The Costume Gallery Research Library

Subscription based website with over 5000 pages of period fashion publications from Byzantine - 1990s.

Hope House Costume Museum

Collection of over 600 items of mens, womens and childrens clothing from the late 18th Century to the 1970s.

Visits by appointment only.  Derbyshire, DE6 2GE

Phone: 0044 (0)1335 310318      [email protected]

Platt Fields Gallery of Costume

Housed in an 18th century textile merchants home the collection contains mens, womens and childrens clothes from 17th Century to the present day. Extensive reference collection of fashion journals and periodicals.  

Manchester, M14 5LL

Phone: 0044 (0)161 245 7245   [email protected]

Museum of Costume

Changing display of clothes ranging from Georgian to the 1990s from the  as well as study facilities to view

objects from the collection and use the reference library.

Bath, BA1 2QH

Phone: 0044 (0)1225 477789 [email protected]

United Kingdom

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Regia Anglorum

Not a specific costume site but an approachable re-enactment group bringing Anglo-Saxon, Viking and the Norman era to life.

Currently building Wychurst, a manor house from the Late Anglo Saxon period in Kent, there is also a late Viking virtual village to visit online with information about the era.

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