Versailles Costumes Didn’t Have to be “Historically Perfect”

Eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed plenty of liberties taken in creating the sumptuous costume drama Versailles. Now that series three is out we delve into some of the challenges that faced the team that recreated the most luxurious European court. Trystan Bass told the blog Frock Flicks “it’s clear that costume designer Madeline Fontaine was limited in … Read more

How The Crown’s Jane Petrie Researches Period Fashion

As wardrobe mistress and later as a costume assistant Jane Petrie was involved with the eponymous Tudor queen of both Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Now she has taken over from Emmy-winning costumer Michele Clapton for Elizabeth II in The Crown’s second season. Nevertheless with such a background Petrie was well-experienced in recreating period-authentic … Read more

The REAL Danger of Synthetics in Period Costume

A Napoleonic reenactor has suffered what could have been a serious incident were it not for her use of historically-accurate natural fibres. Liz Webb recalled that she and her friend Vicki were attending the first Napoleonic weekend at Canada’s Fort George historical site when Vicki was cooking dinner over an open fire and the wind … Read more

Making Historical Costumes Work for Performers

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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

Does Historical Accuracy Really Matter at Events?

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Trigger warning: this could get messy. Many costumers view historical accuracy as a sacred principle to be upheld at all times, and very often imposed upon other people. Others happily run riot in mass-produced synethics or mismatched ensembles in the vague manner of some era or another. Even a passing casual remark can cut deeply … Read more

The Secrets of Authentic Costume

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Whether you’re into cosplay, reenactment or simply dressing up for the sake of it, you probably want to look more like you’ve stepped out of a costume drama than out of a fancy dress shop. This is an issue that confronts every costume fan at some point and can be a “rookie error” that never … Read more