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

Are Fashion Plates Accurate?

1880s fashion plates

Fashion plates are the first source many historical costumiers turn to for a new outfit. They are easily available online such as on Pinterest, are drawn to showcase clothing in as simple and accessible a way as possible and they very often feature a printed date. Even those that don’t offer a date show so … Read more

Top Made-to-Measure Regency Breeches

regency breeches

“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

Period-Authentic Confederate Customisation

confederate

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