May 22 - 27 2023
Costume Society of America Annual Meeting and Symp...

Costume Society of America Annual Meeting and Symp...

Presented by Costume Society of America at Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel

The Costume Society of America fosters an understanding of appearance and dress practices of people across the globe through research, education, preservation, and design. Our network of members studies the past, examines the present, and anticipates the future of clothing and fashion. 

Keynote speakers in the past include award-winning costume designers, researchers, authors, curators, and scholars, with themes ranging from innovative design and exhibit mounting, creation and execution of museum exhibits, fashion theory, clothing and fashion as a form of social justice, and new discoveries in research and technology.

The CSA Angels Project is a one-day event, held each year near the site of the CSA National Symposium, which provides conservation, storage and curatorial assistance to a costume collection at a small institution.

Volunteer opportunities are available in areas such as silent auction receiving, setup, and tear-down; pre- and post-symposium tour logistics; registration; the Angels Project. Please email the Symposium Committee at if you are interested in learning more.

Student and Emerging Professional discount memberships and registration are available.

If you are interested in submitting research or design abstracts in the field of dress, the deadline for submissions is October 1, 2020. More information and the official call for research can be found HERE, or you may email the Abstracts Committee at

Local artisans and makers are strongly encouraged to participate in our symposium marketplace. More information re fees and time will be available HERE. We are also seeking local sponsors. Potential sponsors and marketplace vendors may email with questions.

As an organization, we stand together to say that we condemn all violence, bias, aggression and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, dis/ability, nationality, and body size.  We will continue to revise our diversity and awareness statement, as well as our initiatives, actions, and practices, with the goal of greater inclusion, diversity, and welcoming within our CSA organization.

Admission Info

Registration information for this symposium will be available in early Spring, 2023.

Average cost for the symposium is between $350 and $450 depending on the number of registrants. This does not include airfare, hotel, fundraisers, pre- and post-symposium tours or events, or the silent auction.

Dates & Times

2023/05/22 - 2023/05/27

  • May 22, 2023 at 08:00 am - 06:00 pm (Mon)
  • May 23, 2023 at 08:00 am - 06:00 pm (Tue)
  • May 24, 2023 at 08:00 am - 06:00 pm (Wed)
  • May 25, 2023 at 08:00 am - 06:00 pm (Thu)
  • May 26, 2023 at 08:00 am - 06:00 pm (Fri)
  • May 27, 2023 at 08:00 am - 06:00 pm (Sat)

Additional time info:

Pre- and post-symposium tours being considered for the Salt Lake City event include customized behind-the-scenes visits to local museums and collections, tours of art studios and historic buildings, excursions to Sundance Ski Resort and/or Park City, overnight trips to any of The Mighty Five national parks, Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, This Is The Place Heritage Park, Fort Douglas, the Bonneville Salt Flats, Thanksgiving Point, and Temple Square.

Location Info

Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel

150 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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