The Big Task of Dressing Little Women

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Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh had a difficult role ahead of her in dressing the cast of BBC’s Little Women in an authentic 1868 look to grab Boxing Day audiences. “The research is really part of the design process so it’s about how you put a whole look together,” she told the BBC. “I often say to … 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

How to Use Instagram as a Costumier

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Instagram is one of the most powerful tools for costume professionals and fans to connect, share ideas, promote their brand or Etsy shop and keep up with what everyone is up to. If you are not already using Instagram to promote what you do or simply enjoy seeing people with similar interests then have no … Read more

Lookbook: Sarah Bernhardt

This stunning image of Sarah Bernardt poses multiple questions as while dated 1907 the outfit seems to hark from a few decades before that. Seeing the very unnatural line of a backdrop behind her this was likely a shot from a performance with its own retrospective costume. Fortunately we have managed to source the very … Read more

How Toxic is Your Hat?

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Have you ever stopped to think about your favourite vintage hat and its connection to the original Mad Hatter in 1865? Fear not for this is not the Daily Mail health column but just a century ago literally thousands of hat makers received chronic exposure to mercury fumes when felting rabbit furs to make headwear. … Read more

Top Made-to-Measure Regency Breeches

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“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?’” P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster once remarked and his reliable manservant responded, “The mood will pass, sir.” Without a doubt breeches represent a key part of any pre-Victorian outfit and indeed have not been unknown in following decades since. Fortunately the reenactment world is filled … Read more

Success for #RedressingPleasure!

The Museum of London has succeeded in securing £10,000 to preserve its display of 18th and 19th century costumes in a scene of the Vauxhall pleasure gardens. The crowdfund set up through the Art Fund was launched by fashion curator Timothy Long and broke its target with days still to go after nearly 250 backers … Read more

Get the Victorian Goth Look

Some Goths revel in a post-apocalyptic world of PVC, huge boots, chains and denim. But others prefer a more romantic look of lace and corsets. This look is great for sauntering around ancient ruins, confusing fellow shoppers at the supermarket or standing out at gigs. Click these images to find some excellent pieces to put … Read more

Period-Authentic Confederate Customisation

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Part of the pleasure of re-enactment is getting the clothes right. Yes, of course, there’s the materials (don’t even *think* modern alternatives), but then there’s how they’re made. Modern machines put too many stitches in too small a space. Period machines weren’t as efficient and couldn’t do as fine a job. Union uniforms were machine … Read more