Michael Kaplan Talks ‘The Alienist’ Costumes

Michael Kaplan Talks ‘The Alienist’

One of the world’s top film costume designers has spoken about swapping the futuristic alien styles of Star Wars for the elegant Victorian costumes of Netflix original series ‘The Alienist’. Michael Kaplan has worked on sci-fi greats such as Blade  Runner and recent reboots of Star Trek as well as modern classic Fight Club, but the … Read more

Designing a Folk Costume for Lindsborg, Kansas

Lindsborg adopts official folk costume

It’s not often that you hear of a modern American city taking on a ceremonial costume based on 19th century folk dress!  Lindsborg in Kanas was settled in1869 by a group of Swedish immigrants from the Värmland province of Sweden led by Pastor Olof Olsson and today thirty percent of the population is of Swedish heritage. Now a new costume, the … Read more

It’s Ye Olde Reenactment Ethics Debate Again

civil war confederate

A recent article published on MSN has dredged up the endless debate about the ethics of military reenactment that is almost as old as the events depicted, and arguably just as important. Strange and Disturbing Hobby “It’s a hard time to be a Civil War re-enactor,” began Sean Braswell, “and not just because trudging through … Read more

Free Historical Patterns from LACMA

LACMA free historical sewing patterns

A man’s 1770s suit, 1940s zoot suit and some women’s early 1900s lounging pajamas are just some of the incredible patterns taken from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that have been made available online for free by the museum. 1770s Man’s Suit “Influenced by continental styles, the macaroni—named after the … 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

Does Historical Accuracy Really Matter at Events?

regency reenactment dress

Trigger warning: this could get messy. Many costumers view historical accuracy as a sacred principle to be upheld at all times, and very often imposed upon other people. Others happily run riot in mass-produced synethics or mismatched ensembles in the vague manner of some era or another. Even a passing casual remark can cut deeply … Read more

Silk Top Hats are the Bitcoin of Antiques

Antique top hat

Few accessories seem quite as evocative as the silk top hat. As the essential headwear of Victorian gentlemen and a modern statement of aristocratic wealth, the silk top hat now faces a sad decline as the few limited examples large enough to fit modern heads mean the style is set to become even more exclusive. … Read more

Last Minute Cheap Victorian & Steampunk Costumes on Amazon

victorian steampunk 18th century gown

Have you got a last-minute Steampunk wardrobe crisis on your hands? Did you try to make a Victorian outfit and run out of time? Maybe you just need a few more accesories to complete your look. Whatever your reason, the internet – with a little help from The Costume Rag – is your saviour. Here … Read more