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

The Favourite costumes

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

Tudor Tailor Unveils Buttonhole and Pinking Tools

Historical costume brand The Tudor Tailor has commissioned a limited number of pinking and buttonhole cutting tools. Thousands of viewers witnessed the process of cutting fabric in this way in the Tudor Tailor workshop in the BBC series A Stitch in Time. “After a long time in the development we are delighted to at last be able … Read more

How The Crown’s Jane Petrie Researches Period Fashion

As wardrobe mistress and later as a costume assistant Jane Petrie was involved with the eponymous Tudor queen of both Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Now she has taken over from Emmy-winning costumer Michele Clapton for Elizabeth II in The Crown’s second season. Nevertheless with such a background Petrie was well-experienced in recreating period-authentic … Read more

Making Historical Costumes Work for Performers

making historical costumes work for performers

Making costumes that fit with an aesthetic or historical period that still allow performers maximum comfort is a difficult task for costumers and the two rarely overlap. Costume designer Fay Fullerton joined the Royal Opera House’s prestigious costume department in 1977 and worked her way up the ranks until 2013 when she was appointed Head of Costume. That … Read more

Brian Blessed Wins Animal Rights Outburst… Dressed As Henry VIII.

Brian Blessed as Tudor king Henry 8.0

If you’re going to single-handedly champion a controversial political message amid 200 fierce critics then dress as Henry VIII, use the C-word and – oh – be Brian Blessed. The 81-year-old acting legend was hosting a dinner for a group of farmers run by the pig and poultry company ABN at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry. … Read more

RSC Celebrity Costume Treasures For Sale on Ebay

judi dench royal shakespeare company elizabethan doublet

A treasure-trove of unique costumes worn by acting legends including David Tennant, Ian McKellen and Judi Dench are up for sale on Ebay to support the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new costume workshop. The handpicked celebrity-worn garments follow less than a year after the company held a massive costume sale in September 2017 that saw literally … Read more

Harley Quinn Cosplay: Who Was Harlequin?

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There is a part of me that will always identify itself with Harley Quinn cosplay having studied and cosplayed the character for two years now. For many cosplayers, Harley has helped us to understand and interact with the manic world around us. To understand exactly how, we should consider the values associated with her character … 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

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