The Best 1920s Flapper Dresses April, 2021

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When it comes to vintage clothing the 1920s flapper dress stands out as an icon. The 1920s was a golden age for fashion and that legacy lasts to this day in popular culture from the opulence of The Great Gatsby‘s dresses to the gritty realism of BBC’s Peaky Blinders suits. Our favourite 1920s flapper dress … Read more

The Best Victorian Dress Patterns April, 2021

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Make your own unique outfit with these amazing victorian dress patterns. These suppliers vary from authentic and historically accurate patterns to more theatrical and steampunk costume designs. Of course the real joy of making your own outfit is not only having your own choice of fabrics and trims but the freedom to alter patterns to … Read more

Besame Cosmetics: Discover the Vintage Makeup Used in “The Artist”

“The Artist” struck cinemagoers with a bold take on the history of silent cinema by telling a stylised version of the arrival of dialogue-driven ‘talkies’. Watch closely and you might just catch a glimpse of a tin of Crimson Rouge vintage makeup, which is actually made by modern vintage cosmetics brand Besame Cosmetics. Besame Cosmetics 1938 Crimson … Read more

The Best 18th Century Costume Sewing Patterns April, 2021

18th century costume sewing patterns

Have you just binge-watched Outlander or Poldark? Are you desperate to try your hand at sewing an 18th century costume or looking to expand your current collection? Fortunately there are a wealth of historically-accurate 18th century clothing patterns for you to craft your dream outfit. The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking The leading … Read more

Watch Burne-Jones Paintings Brought To Life In Sumptuous Tate Trailer

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Watch three paintings by Edward Burne-Jones brought to life in the trailer for the artist’s retrospective at the Tate Britain in London. The exhibition is now into its final weeks before its close on 24 February 2019. Born in 1833, Burne-Jones rejected the industrial world of the Victorians, looking instead for inspiration from medieval art, religion, myths … Read more

Saoirse Ronan Was “Physically Altered” By Mary Queen of Scots Costume

Saoirse Ronan's Mary Queen of Scots costume 'changed her shape' for a month after filming wrapped

Saoirse Ronan revealed that her entire shape changed during the filming of Mary Queen of Scots due to weeks spent filming in “corsets”. Of course we should stress for costume purists that Mary Queen of Scots would have been wearing Elizabethan stays rather than a corset. Indeed, up to a month after wrapping the shoot, … Read more

The Favourite Costumes On Show At Kensington Palace

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Costumes from a new feature film exploring the relationships and power struggles of Queen Anne and two of her closest female attendants will once again shine a light on this largely forgotten British monarch. Once a favoured home of Queen Anne, Kensington Palace was at the heart of court life for almost a century, and its … Read more

Shop These Top Mary Poppins Costumes

Mary Poppins has indeed returned, and what better way to celebrate than looking at some of the best Mary Poppins costumes to buy now. We’ve curated a list of some of the top-rated Mary Poppins costumes from around the web, including some premium made to order examples as well as cheap Mary Poppins costumes for … Read more

Top Tips for Sizing Renaissance Costumes

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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

The Marvelous 1950s Costumes of Marvelous Mrs Maisel

'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Costumes and Sets Bring "Magical Color" to Season 2

Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Marvelous Mrs Maisel  is about a Jewish mother who explores her passions by becoming a comedian. The show uses 1950s fashion throughout the plot using colours and patterns to express both the glamour and austerity found in the post-war period. The 1950s costumes create an authentic portrayal of this time period, and illustrates … Read more