A Celebrant’s Guide to Your Perfect Alternative Wedding

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When you start planning a wedding you enter into a world you never knew existed. It’s filled with chair covers, wedding favours and seating plans that push you to the brink of mental stability – enough to make any sensible couple want to run as far away as they can from salmon-pink bridesmaid’s dresses and … Read more

Five Reasons Costume is a Curse

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Don’t you ever wish, just sometimes, that you did not have such an intensive, wonderful and expensive hobby? After a long day or a sleepless night, don’t you just detest the piles of fabric you have to clear before bingeing on your favourite box set and filling your head with fantasy? Normal people, you have … Read more

Should Museums Allow Costumes?

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Is it right that some major museums forbid patrons from wearing elaborate outfits? A New Jersey woman has made headlines around the world because she was turned away from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for wearing an 18th Century dress. Nevertheless despite many commentators criticising museum dress codes the debate inspired by this and … Read more

Last Minute Cheap Victorian & Steampunk Costumes on Amazon

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Have you got a last-minute Steampunk wardrobe crisis on your hands? Did you try to make a Victorian outfit and run out of time? Maybe you just need a few more accesories to complete your look. Whatever your reason, the internet – with a little help from The Costume Rag – is your saviour. Here … Read more

Cuteness Warning: Armour for Your Cat!?

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Yes, you read that right! An Etsy seller has shot to fame with this impossibly cute yet oh so awesome design of LARP armour for cats! “100% wearable, flexible, and comfortable, the Cat Battle Armor is a for-reals armor harness for your kitty,” said the maker, Savage Punk Studio. Ultimate Cat Cosplay “Completely handmade from … Read more

Are You a Clothing Addict?

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An addiction to buying clothing is something plenty of people face – but the problem is amplified exponentially when clothes are your hobby or even your profession. Most costume fanatics will admit that not only do they hit the high street regularly for everyday clothes, they are also constantly expanding their special collections. Reenactors have … Read more

Dressing the Afro-Futuristic Black Panther

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Most costume designers have a degree of specialism – be it certain historical periods or broader styles. But few can claim a career largely based on and celebrated for the depiction of race. With past triumphs in Selma, Malcolm X, Amistad and Do the Right Thing, Ruth Carter was a natural choice for the major … Read more

Superstitchious: Gorgeous Medieval Gothic Dresses

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Under the guise of Superstitchious, Zarah makes customised gothic clothing with a twist of medieval fantasy. Her most famous clients are the black metal band Hecate Enthroned. What inspired you to get into costume? My path into costume design stemmed naturally from my interest in sewing and customising things, as well as my love of … Read more

The Secrets of Authentic Costume

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Whether you’re into cosplay, reenactment or simply dressing up for the sake of it, you probably want to look more like you’ve stepped out of a costume drama than out of a fancy dress shop. This is an issue that confronts every costume fan at some point and can be a “rookie error” that never … Read more

How to Use Instagram as a Costumier

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Instagram is one of the most powerful tools for costume professionals and fans to connect, share ideas, promote their brand or Etsy shop and keep up with what everyone is up to. If you are not already using Instagram to promote what you do or simply enjoy seeing people with similar interests then have no … Read more