Costume and Textile Society

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Do you love all things fabric and textile? Are you interested in learning more, sharing your knowledge, and meeting a group of enthusiasts who are invested with the same passion? The Costume and Textile Society is for you and we invite you to join.

Founded in 1984 to support the Costume and Textile Department of the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Society also provides many educational, creative and social opportunities for its members.

C&TS members volunteer to assist the Costume and Textile Department with collection maintenance and exhibit installation and to plan a variety of events:

  • Lectures by speakers such as designers, fashion historians, curators, authors, collectors
  • Visits to fashion and textile-related exhibitions
  • Social events: our annual “Lecture and Hat Luncheon,” Holiday Dinner, C&T First Thursday, Movie Nights at the Museum and more
  • The POSH Sale, our popular fundraiser that provides supplemental funds to the Costume and Textile Department

Whether you are fascinated by the history of costumes and textiles, the social and economic aspects of the textile and garment industry or the contemporary fashion designs, we encourage you to join the Costume and Textile Society.

Membership Levels

Regular, $50                                                                                 

  • Newsletter with calendar
  • Listing in Directory
  • Special member rates for C&TS sponsored events

Student, $10
All benefits of Regular Membership with proper ID

Sponsor, $75
All benefits of Regular Membership, plus

  • Special recognition in the Membership Directory
  • One free museum guest pass

Florence Paull Berger-J Herbert Callister Associate, $250
All benefits of Sponsor Membership, plus

  • 50% off one C&TS event

Carol Krute Honor Society, $500
All benefits of Florence Paull Berger-J Herbert Callister Associate, plus

  • One free C&TS event
  • Private behind the scenes tour of new acquisitions – based on curatorial availability

Katherine S. Hoffman Collector’s Circle, $1,000
All benefits of Carol Krute Honor Society, plus

  • One free C&TS event
  • Private curator-led tour highlighting the relationship between costumes and works of art, or the integration of costumes and textiles in the permanent collection and exhibitions

To join, complete the registration below. For more information email membership@wadsworthatheneum.org.

From Our Collection

Cazin Eliasson, 2000 1594, Caravaggio 1670, Murillo

Upcoming Events

Apr
12
Sat
all-day 41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
Apr 12 – May 18 all-day
41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
Hartford Youth Art Renaissance, 2013 41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance: Celebrate the 41st anniversary of the museum’s partnership with the Hartford Public School District to [...]
Apr
24
Thu
all-day CANCELED: Day Art Tour: Newark Museum
CANCELED: Day Art Tour: Newark M…
Apr 24 all-day
CANCELED: Day Art Tour: Newark Museum: Join the Women’s Committee for a day exploring the Newark Museum, New Jersey’s largest museum. $115; $105 Members, includes [...]
7:00 pm Film: A Journey
Film: A Journey
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:25 pm
Film: A Journey: Two solitary people meet and form a bond in the backcountry of the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec. 2013. Canada. 85 min. Not [...]
Apr
25
Fri
all-day Fine Art & Flowers
Fine Art & Flowers
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day
Fine Art & Flowers: Welcome spring at our annual fundraiser Fine Art & Flowers! View floral arrangements inspired by works of art in our collection [...]
12:00 pm Little Black Dress
Little Black Dress
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Little Black Dress
Ticket sales are closed. No sales at the door. Bill Graham, Little Black Dress Little Black Dress: Ladies (and gentlemen), enjoy a spirited floral presentation [...]

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Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5