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

Frankenthaler, 1961.7 1865, Daubigny 1782, Vigée Le Brun Ukeles, 1973

Upcoming Events

Jul
24
Thu
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Jul 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 [...]
7:00 pm Film: My Sweet Pepperland
Film: My Sweet Pepperland
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film: My Sweet Pepperland
Film: My Sweet Pepperland: Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this society [...]
Jul
25
Fri
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Jul 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 [...]
5:30 pm Movies & Music: Ninotchka
Movies & Music: Ninotchka
Jul 25 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Movies & Music: Ninotchka
Movies & Music: Ninotchka: In this comedy, a hardcore Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents [...]
Jul
26
Sat
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Jul 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