Diplomat Captured Costumes of Diverse Classes and Cultures in 1797

bohemian prague dress

The King of Tahiti, Venetian nobles, French artists and the favourite of the King of Persia – all were fair game for the diplomat and illustrator Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur (1757-1810) who captured the clothing of all manner of classes and cultures at the very end of the 18th Century. Born in Montreal, Saint-Sauveur followed a … Read more

Extend #Droughtlander: An Open Letter to the Producers of ‘Outlander’

Outlander

We, the undersigned Association of Outlander Outcasts, do hereby protest the upcoming fourth series of Outlander airing this autumn. We recall, whether four years ago, or on the acquisition of DVD boxed sets since, the moment when wives and girlfriends alike first invited us excitedly to join them in watching a drama in which the protagonist is swept … Read more

Free Historical Patterns from LACMA

LACMA free historical sewing patterns

A man’s 1770s suit, 1940s zoot suit and some women’s early 1900s lounging pajamas are just some of the incredible patterns taken from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that have been made available online for free by the museum. 1770s Man’s Suit “Influenced by continental styles, the macaroni—named after the … Read more

We Asked You For Your Worst Uses of Sewing Scissors…

you used my sewing scissors for what?

It seems a cliche and yet still no one knows that sewing scissors are for sewing and nothing else. After posting this meme on our social media feeds we couldn’t help but marvel at some of the responses. Some were very relatable, proving its not a problem confined to just a handful of households. Others … Read more

The “False Adornments” of 18th Century Women’s Dress

The false adornemnts of 18th century women's dress

Late-18th Century fashion was so elaborate that a law was proposed to prevent men being taken in by a pretty face. The 1770 an amendment against “false adornments” was proposed to the Witchcraft act “to protect men from being beguiled into marriage by false adornments,” it said. “All women, of whatever rank, age, profession or … Read more

This Rose-Water Fountain Stunned 18thC Dinner Guests

Of all surviving works of 18th-Century opulence this is one of the most difficult to even imagine in its former glory. On January 11, 1747, the Prime Minister of Saxony and director of the Meissen porcelain factory hosted a grand dinner in his Dresden Palace when the dessert course arrived with an incredible centrepiece. Count … Read more

Step Inside Long Island’s Own Versailles Palace

Versailles mansion palace long island

Shortly after the turn of the millennium, a 25-year-old college drop out had an idea to create the first blue liqueur on the market. Raphael Yakoby sold his flat and moved back into his parents’ house to sell his product Hypnotiq vodka by approaching restaurants door to door. When the brand took off his choice of millionaire … Read more

Five Reasons Costume is a Curse

costume is a curse

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

Does Historical Accuracy Really Matter at Events?

regency reenactment dress

Trigger warning: this could get messy. Many costumers view historical accuracy as a sacred principle to be upheld at all times, and very often imposed upon other people. Others happily run riot in mass-produced synethics or mismatched ensembles in the vague manner of some era or another. Even a passing casual remark can cut deeply … Read more