5 Reasons Why Wix Is the Easy Website Builder For You

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Don’t think you have the skills to build a website? You’re not alone. Of 2000 people surveyed eager to start a website, half didn’t believe they had the skills. Fortunately thanks to Wix the process of building a website yourself couldn’t be simpler whatever your ability. Drag and Drop Even for the reasonably tech-savvy, the … Read more

Etsy is Increasing Its Fees

The creative maketplace Etsy will increase its transaction fee for the first time on July 16 from 3.5% to 5%, which will now be applied to shipping, leading many sellers to consider leaving the platform. Saving on Transactions Keeps Prices Down Leading costume and corset brand Redthreaded said even a small increase is damaging when … Read more

Nelson Wore the Sweetest Promise Ring at Trafalgar

Fede promise ring of Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton

If you thought promise rings and pre-engagement tokens were a new fad for Millennials unwilling to commit, think again. Shortly before Horatio Nelson embarked on his final and fatal campaign he had an informal wedding ceremony with his mistress Emma Hamilton in which they exchanged this fede ring that seems uncannily modern. The gold band … Read more

The Silent Oppression of Hat Wearing

There’s no denying that hats draw a lot of attention when worn out. Sometimes they win casual praise and admiration but they also inspire shocking abuse. In fact, the sensation of a headband and the captive heat can make wearers feel more self-concious and embarassed. To a certain extent hat wearers are an oppressed minority. … 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

Meet the Jeweller Behind #GeorgianJanuary

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The Costume Rag meets Dames a la Mode, the maker of exquisite historical jewellery who started the phenomenal #GeorgianJanuary trend on Instagram.  What Inspired #GeorgianJanuary? “Three years ago I started #GeorgianJanuary because I wanted some cheering up during January, which is always a bleak month for me.  I thought it would be a great way … Read more

Lookbook: Horatio Nelson

There can be no doubt that Horatio Nelson is remembered as one of history’s best dressed military men to the extent that many accounts blame his vanity of wearing embroidered shining orders of chivalry as a significant factor in his death by a sniper. Napoleon meanwhile was noticeably austere in his appearance and thus is … Read more

The Rag’s Steampunk Wishlist

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Dear Steampunk Santa on your rocket-powered sleigh, I have been very good this year. I have not invaded another universe nor seized command of any airships. I have cut down on the laudanum and am looking forward to my first gin for six months on Christmas morning. If this persuades you that I am a … Read more

Top Made-to-Measure Regency Breeches

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“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?’” P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster once remarked and his reliable manservant responded, “The mood will pass, sir.” Without a doubt breeches represent a key part of any pre-Victorian outfit and indeed have not been unknown in following decades since. Fortunately the reenactment world is filled … Read more