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

1721, Watteau Wojnarowicz, 1990 Bey, 1996 1820, Gros

Upcoming Events

Jul
31
Thu
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Jul 31 @ 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: Of Horses and Men
Film: Of Horses and Men
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Film: Of Horses and Men
Film: Of Horses and Men: A quirky comedic drama about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. 2013. Iceland. 81 [...]
8:30 pm Film: Lovely Louise
Film: Lovely Louise
Jul 31 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Film: Lovely Louise
Film: Lovely Louise: In this comedic drama, a 55 year-old man leads a boring life with his 80 year-old mother, who tells him she gave [...]
Aug
1
Fri
12:00 pm Gallery Talk: Art Traffic
Gallery Talk: Art Traffic
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Art Traffic
Allan D’Arcangelo, Here and now, 1963, liquitex on canvas with mirror Gallery Talk: Art Traffic: Edd Russo, Head Registrar, and Mary Busick, Registrar for Loans [...]
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Aug 1 @ 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