V&A Announces Huge Christian Dior Exhibition

Spanning from 1947 to the present day Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will open at the V&A in February 2019 to trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers. The exhibition will present over 500 objects with over 200 rare haute couture garments shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, perfume, make-up, … 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

Karolina Zebrowska Talks “Real Women – Beauty Through The Decades”

Karolina Zebrowska became a Youtube sensation in 2015 with her hugely-successful video ‘Real Women – Beauty Through the Decades’ that conveyed a simple but powerful message on how we view the past. In just two minutes she debunked the popular idea that past decades were always glamorous – with vintage enthusiasts choosing to focus on … Read more

You Could Wear Shoes Made for 1920s Hollywood Stars

foxtrot vintage 1920s shoes

Vintage shoes by the great Salvatore Ferragamo made for stars of Hollywood’s golden age are to be re-released as a capsule collection by his high-end brand alongside an exhibition of the work he performed in Santa Barbara, California, between 1915 and 1927. The original 1920s shoes were made for the likes of Clara Bow, Rita Hayworth, … Read more

The Most Expensive Film Costumes Ever Sold

Dorothy's $6 million ruby slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz' are the most expensive piece of pop culture ever — but 12 more collectibles came close

Judy Garland’s shoes from the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz are now on sale by Moments In Time for $6 million having been on exhibit at Disney World for over a decade. One of Ten Pairs? Several other pairs of the slippers exist, including a pair that was stolen in 2005 from The Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  They were … Read more

Controversial 1920s Speedos to Feature in New V&A Museum

1920s speedo swimsuit

A pioneering swimsuit design that caused outrage almost a century ago is to be displayed in the V&A’s new museum in Dundee, Scotland, opening September 15, 2018. The Speedo “racerback” costume for men was produced in the 1920s when swimsuits were made out of wool and had sleeves for greater concealment of the body. The … 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

Butchart and Laverty Talk Film Fashion

Hundreds of costume professionals filled Piccardilly’s Jewel Bar on March 15 to make new contacts and listen to fashion historians Amber Butchart and Christopher Laverty discuss the role of costume in film. The over-subscribed event was organised by costumer Wendy Benstead and filled the Middle-East-themed venue during cocktail happy hour. The Fashion of Film and … Read more