Costume and Textile Society

C&T Dress ImageDo 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 currently provides 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   $35 anniversary rate! *                                                                            

  • 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

*$35 anniversary rate applies to new members only for a limited time; current members must renew at regular levels. Members joining at the $35 level will be eligible for renewal at the regular, $50 level at the applicable time.

To join the Costume & Textile Society complete the registration below. For more information email membership@wadsworthatheneum.org.

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From Our Collection

1594, Caravaggio 1731, Canaletto 1749, Panini 1773, Wright

Upcoming Events

Oct
23
Thu
7:00 pm Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels: Beginning circa 1817, the story spans three years of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana. Learn about the [...]
Oct
24
Fri
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Oct 24 @ 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 [...]
Oct
25
Sat
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Oct 25 @ 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: Looking at Landscapes
Tour: Looking at Landscapes
Oct 25 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tour: Looking at Landscapes: Free with admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.
Oct
26
Sun
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Oct 26 @ 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