Top Tips for Sizing Renaissance Costumes

Renaissance costume

Whether you’re participating in a Renaissance or medieval faire, a Renaissance costume party, or joining a reenactment or chivalry sports event from a particular time in history, it’s vital to purchase an outfit that fits pleasantly. Putting on Renaissance costumes is fun as well as exciting, but just if the costume allows you to relocate … 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

Costume Students Make Awesome Historically-Accurate Disney Characters

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A group of costume interpretation students stunned London’s Comic Con by turning up as historically-accurate versions of Disney characters. They met at UAL’s Wimbledon college on one of the UK’s top costume courses on making historical garments and adapting them for theatre and screen and – despite the incredible skills shown by these costumes – … Read more

Clarks Archive of 25,000 Historic Shoes Digitised

In 1825 using the off-cuts from his brother Cyrus’ tannery, James Clark created his first sheepskin slipper in the village of Somerset, England. Within a year sales of the ‘Brown Petersburg’ shoe reached 1,000 pairs a month and formed a success story that would culminate in two awards at the Great Exhibition in 1851, leading to … Read more

Met Gala Costumes Recreated for Dogs

Guy makes elaborate Met Gala costume replicas — for his dogs

Professional “pet couturier” Anthony Rubio has recreated the Catholic-inspired costumes worn by Rihanna, Stella Maxwell and Blake Lively for his chihuahuas Bogie and Kimba. “I was raised a devout Catholic and was so excited when thet Heavenly Bodies theme was announced,” Rubio told The New York Post. “Religion does play such a huge role in influencing … Read more

Check Out These Awesome Beard Beads

Beard beads

Beard beads are a thing – at least they were a big thing about 1000 years ago for our Viking ancestors. But now thanks to The Internet you or a bearded gent in your life can collect a facefull of beard beads in some amazing designs to tame any wild pognotropy. The most common designs … 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

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

You Could Own Russell Crowe’s Gladiator Armour

Gladiator roman armour

Russell Crowe’s Gladiator armour is among some valuable props the acclaimed actor will auction five years after his separation from ex-wife Danielle Spencer. The auction sale entitled ‘The Art of Divorce’ at Sotheby’s Australian branch will contain 223 items including Spencer’s ring, valued at A$100,000 (£56,000). In a recent interview with the Australian Daily Telegraph Crowe said “we’ve … 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