Herero Tribe Remembers Genocide Through Victorian Dress


In the first decade of the twentieth century 80% of the population of German-occupied Namibia belonging to the Herero tribe were wiped out in a brutal genocide decades before the infamous murders of the Holocaust. Those who survived of the once 80,000-strong people were left with no property and no rights. German general Lothar von Trotha … Read more

Diplomat Captured Costumes of Diverse Classes and Cultures in 1797

bohemian prague dress

The King of Tahiti, Venetian nobles, French artists and the favourite of the King of Persia – all were fair game for the diplomat and illustrator Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur (1757-1810) who captured the clothing of all manner of classes and cultures at the very end of the 18th Century. Born in Montreal, Saint-Sauveur followed a … 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