The Association of Dress Historians supports and promotes the study and professional practice of the history of dress, textiles, and accessories of all cultures and regions of the world, from before classical antiquity to the present day.

Dress History Links

The following are organisations with an interest in dress history. Select a link to view individual websites.

The Medieval Dress and Textiles Society

Dressing the Early Modern

The Textile Society

Dress and Textiles Specialists

International Committee for Museums and Collections of Costume

The Burgon Society

Fashion Research Network

Knitting History Forum

The Pasold Research Fund

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Northern Society of Costume and Textiles (NSCT)

The Costume Society

West of England Costume Society

Southern Counties Costume Society

Costume Society Scotland

Costume Society of America

Textile Society of America

Academic Courses

The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
MA, History of Dress

University of Brighton, England
BA (Hons), Fashion and Dress History

BA (Hons), History of Art and Design

BA (Hons), Visual Culture

MA, History of Design and Material Culture

MA, Curating Collections and Heritage

University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins
BA (Hons), Fashion Communication: Fashion History and Theory

University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion
MA, Fashion Cultures: History and Culture

MA, Fashion Curation

University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Art
BA (Hons), Costume for Theatre and Screen

Nottingham Trent University
MA, Culture, Style and Fashion,-style-and-fashion

University of Exeter
BA, Art History & Visual Culture

National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
MA, History of Design and Material Culture

University of Glasgow, Scotland, 
MLitt, Art History: Dress and Textile Histories

MSc, Museum Studies: Artefacts and Material Culture

MPhil, Textile Conservation

University of Edinburgh, Scotland
BA, Fashion

MSc, History of Art, Theory and Display

University of Oxford
MSt, History of Art and Visual Culture

Stockholm University, Sweden
MA, Fashion Studies

University of Zagreb, Croatia
MA, Theory and Culture of Fashion

Parsons The New School, Paris, France
MA, History of Design and Curatorial Studies (also offered at Parsons The New School/Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York)

MA, Fashion Studies

New York University, New York, United States
MA, Costume Studies

Bard Graduate Center, New York, United States
MA/PhD, advanced study of the cultural history of the material world

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, United States
MA, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice

University of Delaware, United States
Undergraduate Minor in Fashion History and Culture

University of Alberta, Canada
BSc, Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture

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