Facing Dystopia With “Into The Badlands”

“This world is built on blood. Nobody is innocent here. Welcome to the Badlands.” Well, contrary to its opening dialogue, blood and a whole of intense production talent built the post-apocalyptic world of Into the Badlands. Who could have been a better fit for the head of costume design than Giovanni Lipari, whose past credits include … Read more

Versailles Costumes Didn’t Have to be “Historically Perfect”

Eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed plenty of liberties taken in creating the sumptuous costume drama Versailles. Now that series three is out we delve into some of the challenges that faced the team that recreated the most luxurious European court. Trystan Bass told the blog Frock Flicks “it’s clear that costume designer Madeline Fontaine was limited in … Read more

The Costs of Online Costume Fame

The costume world is a passionate crowd and for that very reason you can probably name a good few people you’ve never met who manage to fill your social media feeds. Whether you call them bloggers, vloggers or influencers, we spoke to a few of the many internet-savvy costumers to have gone viral on the … Read more

No Tears in this Flood: Lord of The Rings Costume Hire Fights On

“I hate that we have become such a throwaway society with these cheap costumes everywhere. It is so wasteful,” said costume designer Debbie Rowles whose New Zealand-based costume hire business was drowned by a burst water pipe in May. Level 13 Theme Rooms and Costume Hire in Rotorua was started by Rowles – whose TV credits … Read more

Fashion is for the Real Characters, not Royals

Dressing the stars will always be paramount to costume designers. But in the background the real sense of time and place are captured by the hundreds of minor characters and extras who form the setting of every production. “My work is much more character than fashion,” said Madeline Fontaine on dressing Versailles – ironically a drama centered … Read more

Antonio Banderas: What the Designer Gave Me Was Extraordinary

“I couldn’t have done it without them,” said star Antonio Banderas praising the work of Sonu Mishra and Davina Lamont  for National Geographic’s “Genius” series Picasso. The major biopic shows the progress of a young art student as he transforms into the most successful artist of the 20th Century. These two personas were just one in … Read more

Etsy is Increasing Its Fees

The creative maketplace Etsy will increase its transaction fee for the first time on July 16 from 3.5% to 5%, which will now be applied to shipping, leading many sellers to consider leaving the platform. Saving on Transactions Keeps Prices Down Leading costume and corset brand Redthreaded said even a small increase is damaging when … Read more

How The Crown’s Jane Petrie Researches Period Fashion

As wardrobe mistress and later as a costume assistant Jane Petrie was involved with the eponymous Tudor queen of both Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Now she has taken over from Emmy-winning costumer Michele Clapton for Elizabeth II in The Crown’s second season. Nevertheless with such a background Petrie was well-experienced in recreating period-authentic … Read more

Costume Making is Dying: Your Response

Thousands of costumers reacted furiously to Royal Opera House costume head Fay Fullerton’s comments that the costume industry is “almost dying” because of a skills shortage – and many of the reasons given prove that this was rightly so. Firstly, an apology. Many of you believed The Costume Rag endorsed the comment wholeheartedly when we were … Read more

When Film Costumes Are Recognised So Will Their Designers

While archiving significant film costumes is now commonplace many gems of the first century of film are lost. More to the point, many efforts to preserve these pieces as collections have failed despite huge collector interest.  The reason comes down to a historic failure to recognise the significant contribution of the female-dominated world of costume … Read more