Costume Society of America advances the
global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance.
We work to stimulate
scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse
field of costume. The Costume Society of America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded on March 23, 1973 and incorporated in the state of New York on September 12, 1973.
The Costume Society of America serves it members, and
promotes its goals with national symposia and publications
including the annual journal DRESS, its quarterly newsletter CSA News and the monthly electronic newsletter
CSA began forming regional
groups in 1978. There are six regional groups in the United
States and Canada, and one international group. Individual
regions hold annual meetings, sponsor programs and publish
The CSA Series is a special series dedicated to the history and conservation of dress adornment and to interpreting culture through appearance. The series is the result of a partnership which started in 1999 between Texas Tech University Press and Costume Society of America.
The Costume Society of America is active on the following social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Costume Society of America Communities for the Study of Dress and Fashion Forum (CSA CSDF-Forum), Twitter, YouTube and its national/regional website. These social media forums not only keep the membership informed concerning national and regional announcements, events and publications, but most importantly, encourage community development by creating beneficial social environments which foster supportive interaction.
Society of America is proud to support its membership and to encourage further study with grants for research and awards for excellence.
The Adele Filene Student Presenter Grant
supports students' scholarship presentations at National Symposia.
The College and University Collection Care Grant supports the care and instructional mission of a study collection.
The CSA Travel Research Grant
supports the research of non-student members.
The Stella Blum Student Research Grant stimulates student scholarship in the field of North American costume.
The Small Museums Collection Care Grant underwrites the costs of critical costume needs in underfunded institutions.
The Angels Project is an ongoing endeavor which provides conservation, storage and curatorial assistance to small collections across the country.
The Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology recognizes the body of work of a costume designer in the performing arts.
The Costume Society of America Fellow Award recognizes CSA members for their outstanding contribution to the organization and the field of costume and fashion.
The Millia Davenport Publication Award annually recognizes excellence in published scholarship.
The Richard Martin Exhibition Award annually recognizes excellence
in the exhibition of costume.
The Scholars' Roundtable Honor advances scholarship about costume.
To learn more about us read our President's
Message and our Overview