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Handmade Canes by Cavagnini

You would have thought that a handmade pewter-topped cane to your size would be expensive - especially if engraved with your initials. Think again. Robert Cavagnini is an artisan brand of walking canes established in 1999 that will make you a cane ...

Period-Authentic Confederate Customisation

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 ...

How did Napoleon Change Fashion?

The Napoleonic Wars had a profound impact on European culture, not least in fashion. Britain experienced the ‘Regency’ almost simultaneously with France’s ‘Empire stye’. In Paris this could be seen in the adoption of Egyptian clothes and Prussian ...

Howard’s End: BBC Vs Merchant Ivory

While BBC dramas have yet to disappoint costume-wise it remains that the new Howard’s End series faced a difficult task in matching the iconic 1992 Merchant Ivory production. One couldn’t help but notice how this excellent adaption actually emulated ...

Janet Arnold’s Incredible Pattern Books

Janet Arnold's publications are some of the most popular guides in the costume world. Her drawings are taken from original garments in collections throughout Britain and are supplemented with details of their construction and laid out on grid paper ...

Costume sales: Is First-come Fair?

The Royal Shakespeare Company's eagerly anticipated costume sale on September 23, 2017, saw thousands of costume fans queue for hours to get hold of unique treasures. But many towards the back of the queue were left with a gutted warehouse as though ...

Gems: Bond Stuntman’s Leather Uniform

That title does not deceive you as there really is an item of clothing that combines multiple levels of awesomeness. A black Victorian hussar uniform made in leather for the James Bond stuntman Richard Graydon in the 1975 film Royal Flash. The ...

I Won Sebastian Flyte’s Brideshead Suit on Ebay

A relatively brief train journey and some degree of boredom led me to a unique impulse buy that I definitely won't regret: the suit made for Anthony Andrews in the 1981 series of Brideshead Revisited. Not the best economic decision having had a ...

Five Edwardian Instagrammers to Follow

Edwardian style often seems like an uncomfortable niche between the decline of the Victorian era and the sinking of the Titanic followed by the First World War before the roaring twenties made things better. However many still enjoy the extreme ...

Sartorial Death Metal?

Heavy metal is generally thought to be anything but dressy. But a few bands towards the extreme end of the metal spectrum have defied the stereotype of denim and corpse paint by opting for more tailored attire. Akercocke Blackened death metal ...

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