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

The Silent Oppression of Hat Wearing

There’s no denying that hats draw a lot of attention when worn out. Sometimes they win casual praise and admiration but they also inspire shocking abuse. In fact, the sensation of a headband and the captive heat can make wearers feel more self-concious and embarassed. To a certain extent hat wearers are an oppressed minority. … Read more

Top Facebook Groups for Costume

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Are you tired of the fact that most people you meet day to day don’t share your interest in costume? The result can be extremely isolating when you have to join conversations you don’t connect with but Facebook groups are full of engaging conversations on what you really care about. If you go to many … Read more

How to Care for Historical Costumes

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Sadly there is definitely a point when an antique garment is simply too old and fragile to wear. But how can you care for historical costumes in your collection regardless of whether you wear them or store them for future generations? 1. Buying Interestingly the most important step to caring for historical costumes is at … Read more

Are These the Cutest Shoes You’ve Ever Seen?

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These incredible shoes belonged to a child in the early 19th Century and are now for sale on Ebay.  “This is a scarce opportunity to own a pair of very early 19th century children’s shoes from the reign of George III, 1800 to 1820 period,” says the seller. “These ancient square toed shoes are very … Read more

Are Fashion Plates Accurate?

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Fashion plates are the first source many historical costumiers turn to for a new outfit. They are easily available online such as on Pinterest, are drawn to showcase clothing in as simple and accessible a way as possible and they very often feature a printed date. Even those that don’t offer a date show so … 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

Meet the Costumier Starting a Dandy Drinking Club

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The Costume Rag meets Dandy Drinking Club founder Jonny Haart to learn about his exciting new venture. “A celebration of male sartorial elegance and the art of drinking,” he advertises. “We will be arranging pub meets, crawls and social outings throughout the year. Ladies & Gentleman are both welcome but we have the dress code … Read more

Decoding Thénardier in Les Miserables

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The Thénardiers offer a rare glimpse of comic relief in Les Miserables. The disreputable landlord is a battlefield thief turned brothel-keeper while his lyrics in Master of the House do little to redeem himself – to the extent that we feel ashamed for finding this scene so hillarious. Sacha Baron Cohen was beautifully cast for this role … Read more

Lookbook: Horatio Nelson

There can be no doubt that Horatio Nelson is remembered as one of history’s best dressed military men to the extent that many accounts blame his vanity of wearing embroidered shining orders of chivalry as a significant factor in his death by a sniper. Napoleon meanwhile was noticeably austere in his appearance and thus is … Read more