Don’t Miss This Costume Detail in Picnic at Hanging Rock

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If you have a stash of trims you’ve been lying to yourself about for years – waiting for the perfect project for them to miraclously arise – then redemption is finally here. Amazon’s new production of Picnic at Hanging Rock¬†stars Natalie Dormer as stern headmistress Mrs. Appleyard amidst the disappearance of several schoolgirls and their … Read more

Silk Top Hats are the Bitcoin of Antiques

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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

How to Care for Historical Costumes

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Sadly there is definitely a point when an antique garment is simply too old and fragile to wear. But how can you care for historical costumes in your collection regardless of whether you wear them or store them for future generations? 1. Buying Interestingly the most important step to caring for historical costumes is at … Read more

Are These the Cutest Shoes You’ve Ever Seen?

1820s antique childrens shoes

These incredible shoes belonged to a child in the early 19th Century and are now for sale on Ebay.¬† “This is a scarce opportunity to own a pair of very early 19th century children’s shoes from the reign of George III, 1800 to 1820 period,” says the seller. “These ancient square toed shoes are 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