Renaissance Costumes Recreated in Epic National Gallery Collab

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Lorenzo Lotto’s portraits came to life from their quiet temporary exhibition at London’s National Gallery on December 7 in an immersive collaboration between upcoming acting and costume-making talents. Third Year students from Wimbledon College of Arts’ renowned Costume Design and Costume Interpretation courses recreated the Renaissance costumes for students of The Academy of Live and … 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

Free Historical Patterns from LACMA

LACMA free historical sewing patterns

A man’s 1770s suit, 1940s zoot suit and some women’s early 1900s lounging pajamas are just some of the incredible patterns taken from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that have been made available online for free by the museum. 1770s Man’s Suit “Influenced by continental styles, the macaroni—named after the … Read more

RSC Celebrity Costume Treasures For Sale on Ebay

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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

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

How to Use Instagram as a Costumier

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Instagram is one of the most powerful tools for costume professionals and fans to connect, share ideas, promote their brand or Etsy shop and keep up with what everyone is up to. If you are not already using Instagram to promote what you do or simply enjoy seeing people with similar interests then have no … Read more

The Best Books on 18th Century Costume

18th Century

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

How did Napoleon Change Fashion?

The Napoleonic Wars had a profound impact on European culture, not least in fashion. Britain experienced the ‘Regency’ almost simultaneously with France’s ‘Empire stye’. In Paris this could be seen in the adoption of Egyptian clothes and Prussian styles after the conquest at Austerlitz in 1807. During the French Revolution in the 1790s, the rise … Read more

Janet Arnold’s Incredible Pattern Books

Janet Arnold

Janet Arnold’s publications are some of the most popular guides in the costume world. Her drawings are taken from original garments in collections throughout Britain and are supplemented with details of their construction and laid out on grid paper with construction comments and fabric details. From wrapping gowns, riding habits, pelisses, and chemises to sack … Read more