Inside the Versailles 18th Century Costume Ball

Every year the palace of Versailles opens its doors for the incredible Fêtes Galantes – a ball to recreate the French court of Louis XIV. The standard of dress is impeccably high as is the price tag to match. For many historical costumers Versailles represents the ultimate party in a venue that doesn’t normally allow costumes. … Read more

Valuable Textiles Stolen From Museum

A social media campaign has arisen reporting the theft of valuable items from the Printed Textile Museum in Mulhouse, France. According to the post the missing items include many printed fabric sample books from the 18th-20th century, gouaches, paisley fabrics and shawls, over 400 historic Hermes scarves and more. The post read: “CALL FOR VIGILANCE: DISAPPEARING … Read more

Met Curator Opens Textile Museum in Romania

romanian man's sash

A Romanian textile collection has been opened to the public to display approximately 12,000 textiles and tools collected over forty years.  The Muzeul Textilelor, owned by Florica and Romulus Nicolae Zaharia and their daughter Ana Teodora Dragus, is the first museum of its kind in Romania and is believed to be the first in all … Read more

Controversial 1920s Speedos to Feature in New V&A Museum

1920s speedo swimsuit

A pioneering swimsuit design that caused outrage almost a century ago is to be displayed in the V&A’s new museum in Dundee, Scotland, opening September 15, 2018. The Speedo “racerback” costume for men was produced in the 1920s when swimsuits were made out of wool and had sleeves for greater concealment of the body. The … Read more