CSA Introduction

About CSA

President's
Message

Overview and
Resolution

Bylaws and Governance

CSDF - Communities for the Study of Dress and Fashion Forum

CSA History

Founders,
Past Leaders

Fellows

Annual Meetings and Symposia

CSA Leadership

Board of Directors

Executive
Committee & Appointed
Positions

Endowment
Board of Trustees

Regional Leadership

National Office

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Overview and Resolution

 

The Costume Society of America advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance.

We value five major purposes:

  1. To stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of costume.
  2. To disseminate information on dress and appearance.
  3. To raise the profile and credibility of the field  of costume.
  4. To network among our members and with other people and organizations having costume interests.
  5. To manage and govern the organization to serve the membership.

We serve individuals, students, institutions, and libraries.

Our primary membership consists of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, both generalist and specialist, who share a passion for the history and serious study of costume.

We seek members who are involved in the study, education, collection, and preservation, presentation, and interpretation of dress and appearance in our PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE societies.

The Costume Society of America acknowledges that clothing is designed and created to be worn. However, with age or associations, clothing takes on particular values and meanings and deserves special care and consideration. The wearing of articles of attire inevitably exposes them to dangers of damage and deterioration; these dangers increase with the age and/ or fragility of such articles.

Therefore, the Costume Society of America encourages persons and organizations charged with the preservation of costume to prohibit the wearing or modeling of articles INTENDED FOR PRESERVATION.

Further, the Costume Society of America discourages any action which alters the original state of such articles. Since any information related to the provenance, condition, and treatment of costume enhances the understanding, meaning, and value of an article of adornment, the Costume Society of America strongly urges that all such information should be collected and made available when that article is transferred to another party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 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.