All Aboard the Bob Mackie Costume Auction

Garments worn Cher, Diana Ross and Raquel Welch will go under the hammer at the world–record breaking auction house Julien’s Auctions on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The catalogue will be exhibited aboard the Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 in a voyage departing from London on August 19 and arriving in New York on August 26. The guest of honour … Read more

The “False Adornments” of 18th Century Women’s Dress

The false adornemnts of 18th century women's dress

Late-18th Century fashion was so elaborate that a law was proposed to prevent men being taken in by a pretty face. The 1770 an amendment against “false adornments” was proposed to the Witchcraft act “to protect men from being beguiled into marriage by false adornments,” it said. “All women, of whatever rank, age, profession or … Read more

Last Minute Cheap Victorian & Steampunk Costumes on Amazon

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Have you got a last-minute Steampunk wardrobe crisis on your hands? Did you try to make a Victorian outfit and run out of time? Maybe you just need a few more accesories to complete your look. Whatever your reason, the internet – with a little help from The Costume Rag – is your saviour. Here … Read more

Superstitchious: Gorgeous Medieval Gothic Dresses

Interview with superstitchious, featuring her arwen Lord of the Rings dress in a medieval gothic style

Under the guise of Superstitchious, Zarah makes customised gothic clothing with a twist of medieval fantasy. Her most famous clients are the black metal band Hecate Enthroned. What inspired you to get into costume? My path into costume design stemmed naturally from my interest in sewing and customising things, as well as my love of … 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

Ninya Mikhaila – The Tudor Tailor of a Stitch in Time

The Costume Rag meets Ninya Mikhaila, the historical costumier from BBC4’s A Stitch in Time who explains what it was like setting up her historically-accurate sewing firm straight out of college in 1994. We all love A Stitch in Time but what did we not get to see on camera? “Well, most of the construction process … Read more

Lookbook: The Miniaturist

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Many viewers were left disappointed by the ending of the BBC’s adaption of Jessie Burton’s novel the Miniaturist but costume fans were utterly absorbed in some incredible clothes from late-17th-Century Amsterdam. Johannes Brandt was clad like a handsome musketeer in an array of coats, jerkins and a wide-brimmed hat as if he had wandered out of a Rembrandt … Read more

The Best Books on 18th Century Costume

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Some of the best books on 18th Century costume are out of print which makes them hard to get hold of and expensive when you do. But some are circulating around the second-hand market for a greatly reduced price in return for putting up with a few worn edges. These titles have been recommended by … Read more