Were Tightlaced Corsets All Bad?

“There is one thing that bothers me recently, but I don’t think I’m brave enough to make a video on it as it may be perceived as controversial – and it’s implementing modern mindsets in period dramas,” renowned costume blogger Karolina Zebrowska told The Costume Rag in a recent interview. “Especially women hating corsets and perceiving it … Read more

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

Join PROCESSIONS – The Suffragette Centenary

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Women across the UK are invited to come together on the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on Sunday 10 June 2018 for PROCESSIONS, a mass-participation artwork to pay homage to the suffragettes and mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which gave the first British women the right to vote. … Read more

Recreating the Grande Descente of an Ocean Liner

V&A exhibition Ocean Liners Speed and Style recreates grande descente of fashion 1920s eveningwear

The luxurious staircase that formed a quintessential part of every elite 20th Century ocean liner was a profound showcase for the outfits of fashionable patrons. The V&A recreated this event in its exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style with a projection of figures descending a mockup staircase in replica 1920s couture eveningwear. For many passengers the … Read more

Lookbook: Sarah Bernhardt

This stunning image of Sarah Bernardt poses multiple questions as while dated 1907 the outfit seems to hark from a few decades before that. Seeing the very unnatural line of a backdrop behind her this was likely a shot from a performance with its own retrospective costume. Fortunately we have managed to source the very … Read more

The Rag Meets: Berolinensis

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The Costume Rag talks to Olga Jonarska, better known as Berolinensis on her popular Instagram feed. “My interest in the 19th and early 20th century culture started when I was a teenager (I think I was around 15-16) – I first got interested in literature and art of the period, and then my interest developed … Read more

Howard’s End: BBC Vs Merchant Ivory

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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 the film as much as the original story. Helen’s character played by Philippa Coulthard visually resembled … Read more