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

Lookbook: Sarah Bernhardt

This stunning image of Sarah Bernardt poses multiple questions as while dated 1907 the outfit seems to hark from a few decades before that. Seeing the very unnatural line of a backdrop behind her this was likely a shot from a performance with its own retrospective costume. Fortunately we have managed to source the very … Read more

How Toxic is Your Hat?

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Have you ever stopped to think about your favourite vintage hat and its connection to the original Mad Hatter in 1865? Fear not for this is not the Daily Mail health column but just a century ago literally thousands of hat makers received chronic exposure to mercury fumes when felting rabbit furs to make headwear. … Read more

The Rag Meets: Berolinensis

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The Costume Rag talks to Olga Jonarska, better known as Berolinensis on her popular Instagram feed. “My interest in the 19th and early 20th century culture started when I was a teenager (I think I was around 15-16) – I first got interested in literature and art of the period, and then my interest developed … Read more

Howard’s End: BBC Vs Merchant Ivory

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While BBC dramas have yet to disappoint costume-wise it remains that the new Howard’s End series faced a difficult task in matching the iconic 1992 Merchant Ivory production. One couldn’t help but notice how this excellent adaption actually emulated the film as much as the original story. Helen’s character played by Philippa Coulthard visually resembled … Read more

Janet Arnold’s Incredible Pattern Books

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Janet Arnold’s publications are some of the most popular guides in the costume world. Her drawings are taken from original garments in collections throughout Britain and are supplemented with details of their construction and laid out on grid paper with construction comments and fabric details. From wrapping gowns, riding habits, pelisses, and chemises to sack … Read more

Costume sales: Is First-come Fair?

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s eagerly anticipated costume sale on September 23, 2017, saw thousands of costume fans queue for hours to get hold of unique treasures. But many towards the back of the queue were left with a gutted warehouse as though a hurricane had torn through it. The winners were the hardcore who had … Read more

Five Edwardian Instagrammers to Follow

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Edwardian style often seems like an uncomfortable niche between the decline of the Victorian era and the sinking of the Titanic followed by the First World War before the roaring twenties made things better. However many still enjoy the extreme elegance of the period as a unique, brief aesthetic and way of life. Instagram has … Read more

Sartorial Death Metal?

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Heavy metal is generally thought to be anything but dressy. But a few bands towards the extreme end of the metal spectrum have defied the stereotype of denim and corpse paint by opting for more tailored attire. Akercocke Blackened death metal legends Akerocke reformed last year and have since released a new album “Renaissance In … Read more