Top Tips for Sizing Renaissance Costumes

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Whether you’re participating in a Renaissance or medieval faire, a Renaissance costume party, or joining a reenactment or chivalry sports event from a particular time in history, it’s vital to purchase an outfit that fits pleasantly. Putting on Renaissance costumes is fun as well as exciting, but just if the costume allows you to relocate … Read more

No Tears in this Flood: Lord of The Rings Costume Hire Fights On

“I hate that we have become such a throwaway society with these cheap costumes everywhere. It is so wasteful,” said costume designer Debbie Rowles whose New Zealand-based costume hire business was drowned by a burst water pipe in May. Level 13 Theme Rooms and Costume Hire in Rotorua was started by Rowles – whose TV credits … Read more

A Celebrant’s Guide to Your Perfect Alternative Wedding

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When you start planning a wedding you enter into a world you never knew existed. It’s filled with chair covers, wedding favours and seating plans that push you to the brink of mental stability – enough to make any sensible couple want to run as far away as they can from salmon-pink bridesmaid’s dresses and … 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

Mead Tasting and Beard Contests: Ready for Jorvik Viking Festival?

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The 2018 JORVIK Viking Festival will be the first since the reimagined JORVIK Viking Centre opened at Easter 2017, and takes York’s Norse history right back to its ‘origin’ story – the invasion of the Anglo Saxon city of Eoforwic by the Great Viking Army on 1 November 866. More Parading than Pillaging “The Vikings appeal … Read more

Rigoletto Stuns the Royal Opera House

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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