First Glimpse of Poldark’s New Costume (And Without It…)

Poldark series 4 first look image reveals Aidan Turner’s smart new costume

Ross Poldark has smartened up as the famously-rugged star of the late 18th Century has opted for a buttoned-up coat with wide lapels and the addition of a waistcoat draped over the top. The look is sealed by a resplendent white cravat and classic bicorn. Nevertheless the opening of series four will see Poldark stepping out of … Read more

Silk Flowers and Feathers: Reimagining a Regency Bonnet

how to make a regency bonnet

My regency headpiece was a university project under the mentoring of the milliner Claire Strickland. I based my research on a visit to Sands Films library at Rotherhithe in London which is an incredibly valuable resource. One could spend days going through all of the fashion plates they have! Eventually I decided to construct the bonnet … Read more

Does Historical Accuracy Really Matter at Events?

regency reenactment dress

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

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

Top Made-to-Measure Regency Breeches

regency breeches

“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

The Rag Meets: Berolinensis

berolinensis

The Costume Rag talks to Olga Jonarska, better known as Berolinensis on her popular Instagram feed. “My interest in the 19th and early 20th century culture started when I was a teenager (I think I was around 15-16) – I first got interested in literature and art of the period, and then my interest developed … 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