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 1843, Cole Alphonse de Neuville, 1875 Eliasson, 2000

Upcoming Events

Apr
12
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all-day 41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
Apr 12 – May 18 all-day
41st Hartford Youth Art Renaissance
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Apr
20
Sun
11:00 am Easter Jazz Brunch: Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio
Easter Jazz Brunch: Joe Carter S…
Apr 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Easter Jazz Brunch: Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during [...]
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
2:30 pm Tour: Land and Sea
Tour: Land and Sea
Apr 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tour: Land and Sea: Free with admission, meet outside the Museum Shop.
Apr
23
Wed
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]

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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