About this Journal

Costume is a scholarly, refereed publication presenting current research into historic and contemporary dress. The journal publishes articles from a broad chronological period and with a worldwide remit; it maintains a balance between practice and theory and concentrates on the social significance of dress. The journal also includes reviews and listings of new books and journal articles.

The editorial team’s complementary expertise and experience as curators, writers and lecturers ensure a wide network of contacts throughout the diverse world of dress and textile studies. Articles are welcomed from both established researchers and those new to the field.

Papers published in Costume are sent out for peer review to ensure that they are of a high standard and make an original contribution to dress studies.

Editors and Editorial Board


Alexandra Kim, City of Toronto, Canada
Christine Stevens, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Reviews Editor

Aude Le Guennec, Glasgow, UK

Editorial Panel

Christopher Breward, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
Barbara Burman, formerly University of Southampton, UK
Penelope Byrde, formerly Museum of Costume, Bath, former editor of Costume, UK
Shaun Cole, Winchester School of Art, UK
Valerie Cumming, former Editor of Costume and former Chairman of the Costume Society, UK
Alison Matthews David, Ryerston University, Toronto, Canada
Jean Druesedow, Retired, Kent State University Museum, Ohio, USA
Fiona Ffoulkes, University of the Arts, London and Ravensbourne University, UK
Maria Hayward, University of Southampton, UK
Marion Kite, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Margaret Maynard, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Pat Poppy, formerly University of Bournemouth, UK
Emma Tarlo, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Naomi E. A. Tarrant, formerly National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
Lou Taylor, University of Brighton, UK
Verity Wilson, former Editor of Costume, UK



Promoting the study of all aspects of clothing and textiles, the Costume Society aims to encourage access to costume history, including contemporary dress. Members include academics, collectors, curators, designers, re-enactors, students and informed enthusiasts across the world. Visit the Society website for more information on the aims of the Society and how to join.


Costume is abstracted and indexed in the following:

  • Art & Architecture Complete
  • Art & Architecture Source
  • Art Abstracts (H.W. Wilson)
  • Art, Design and Architecture Collection (ProQuest)
  • Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson)
  • Art Index (H.W. Wilson)
  • Arts Premium Collection (ProQuest)
  • ArticleFirst
  • Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)
  • Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson)
  • British Library Zetoc
  • BrowZine
  • CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • cnpLINKer
  • DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index
  • Duotrope
  • EBSCO A-to-Z
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH PLUS)
  • Genamics JournalSeek
  • Humanities Index (BHI)
  • Humanities International Complete
  • Humanities International Index
  • Humanities Source
  • Humanities Source Ultimate
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • International Bibliography of Art
  • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography
  • Music and Performing Arts Collection (ProQuest)
  • Music Periodicals Collection (ProQuest)
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Performing Arts Periodicals Database (ProQuest)
  • Publication Forum (JuFo)
  • ReadCube Discover
  • Researcher
  • Scilit
  • SCImago Journal Ranking
  • Scopus
  • Summon
  • TDNet
  • TOC Premier
  • Web of Science/Arts and Humanities Citation Index®
  • WorldCat Discovery
  • World Textiles


Print ISSN: 0590-8876 Online ISSN: 1749-6306
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