The Favourite Costumes On Show At Kensington Palace

The Favourite costumes

Costumes from a new feature film exploring the relationships and power struggles of Queen Anne and two of her closest female attendants will once again shine a light on this largely forgotten British monarch. Once a favoured home of Queen Anne, Kensington Palace was at the heart of court life for almost a century, and its … Read more

Artist Makes Accurate Historical Dresses from Paper

Belgian contemporary artist Isabelle de Borchgrave is a painter who creates stunning replicas of historical dresses in paper. The late designer Hubert de Givenchy called her “one of a kind; with a single sheet of paper, she creates the most beautiful dresses, the finest costumes, or, simply, a chain of white roses…Whether it becomes a shoe, … Read more

Tudor Tailor Unveils Buttonhole and Pinking Tools

Historical costume brand The Tudor Tailor has commissioned a limited number of pinking and buttonhole cutting tools. Thousands of viewers witnessed the process of cutting fabric in this way in the Tudor Tailor workshop in the BBC series A Stitch in Time. “After a long time in the development we are delighted to at last be able … Read more

Making Historical Costumes Work for Performers

making historical costumes work for performers

Making costumes that fit with an aesthetic or historical period that still allow performers maximum comfort is a difficult task for costumers and the two rarely overlap. Costume designer Fay Fullerton joined the Royal Opera House’s prestigious costume department in 1977 and worked her way up the ranks until 2013 when she was appointed Head of Costume. That … Read more

RSC Celebrity Costume Treasures For Sale on Ebay

judi dench royal shakespeare company elizabethan doublet

A treasure-trove of unique costumes worn by acting legends including David Tennant, Ian McKellen and Judi Dench are up for sale on Ebay to support the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new costume workshop. The handpicked celebrity-worn garments follow less than a year after the company held a massive costume sale in September 2017 that saw literally … Read more

This Photographer Recreated Rembrandt with IKEA Products!

Dirdal Rembrandt card Christmas IKEA

Norwegian photographer Stig Håvard Dirdal was commissioned to produce Christmas cards for  Stavanger Foto, a camera shop on the west coast of Norway. “Being granted full creative freedom in making the card, I went back to the old masters for inspiration. The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt in 1632 was a fantastic starting point for my … Read more

Rigoletto Stuns the Royal Opera House

rigoletto

David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s tragedy is a triumph with costumes supervised by Mary Fisher as the expert cast inhabit a post-apocalyptic set with a medieval mystique. The opening is a feast for the sartorially-inclined as an orgy spills from a sheet-metal facade and drapery swirls over farthingales and flesh tears out of dresses … Read more

Five Rather Sexy Facts on Elizabethan Ruffs

Sexy to another plate-swallowing bird maybe but nonetheless from our earliest history lessons to advanced costume studies the ruff is an incredible work of art almost totally lost to our present-day culture and yet ingrained in the Early Modern period in Europe. One puritan Philip Stubbes recorded his highly critical views of the frivolous fashion in … Read more

Lookbook: Elizabethan Courtier

Elizabethan

The Elizabethan period was certainly a dramatic one when it came to dress. That is despite the suggestion that it was an age of artistic decline after Henry VIII’s patronage faded and the Reformation brought conflict and division to England. But the menswear of the Elizabethan court is truly a feast for the eyes with … Read more