Costume & Textile Society

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.

Complete the C&TS registration form to join or renew your membership today!

Please note that C&TS memberships are only available to current Wadsworth Atheneum members. Not a member? Click here to join or renew today!

C&TS Membership Levels

Regular ($50)                                                                                  

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

Student ($10)
All benefits above with proper ID

Sponsor ($75)
All benefits above, plus:

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

Florence Paull Berger-J Herbert Callister Associate ($250)
All benefits above, plus:

  • 50% off one C&TS event

Carol Krute Honor Society ($500)
All benefits above, 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 above, 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

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Image: Detail of Jacket, 2008. Dries Van Noten. Silk, cotton, and metal fiber, with cork beads. Gift of Linda Cheverton Wick, 2019.17.7