Watch Burne-Jones Paintings Brought To Life In Sumptuous Tate Trailer

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Watch three paintings by Edward Burne-Jones brought to life in the trailer for the artist’s retrospective at the Tate Britain in London. The exhibition is now into its final weeks before its close on 24 February 2019. Born in 1833, Burne-Jones rejected the industrial world of the Victorians, looking instead for inspiration from medieval art, religion, myths … Read more

Facing Dystopia With “Into The Badlands”

“This world is built on blood. Nobody is innocent here. Welcome to the Badlands.” Well, contrary to its opening dialogue, blood and a whole of intense production talent built the post-apocalyptic world of Into the Badlands. Who could have been a better fit for the head of costume design than Giovanni Lipari, whose past credits include … Read more

Were Tightlaced Corsets All Bad?

“There is one thing that bothers me recently, but I don’t think I’m brave enough to make a video on it as it may be perceived as controversial – and it’s implementing modern mindsets in period dramas,” renowned costume blogger Karolina Zebrowska told The Costume Rag in a recent interview. “Especially women hating corsets and perceiving it … Read more

Don’t Miss This Costume Detail in Picnic at Hanging Rock

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If you have a stash of trims you’ve been lying to yourself about for years – waiting for the perfect project for them to miraclously arise – then redemption is finally here. Amazon’s new production of Picnic at Hanging Rock stars Natalie Dormer as stern headmistress Mrs. Appleyard amidst the disappearance of several schoolgirls and their … Read more

Michael Kaplan Talks ‘The Alienist’ Costumes

Michael Kaplan Talks ‘The Alienist’

One of the world’s top film costume designers has spoken about swapping the futuristic alien styles of Star Wars for the elegant Victorian costumes of Netflix original series ‘The Alienist’. Michael Kaplan has worked on sci-fi greats such as Blade  Runner and recent reboots of Star Trek as well as modern classic Fight Club, but the … Read more

Free Historical Patterns from LACMA

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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

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

Should Museums Allow Costumes?

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Is it right that some major museums forbid patrons from wearing elaborate outfits? A New Jersey woman has made headlines around the world because she was turned away from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for wearing an 18th Century dress. Nevertheless despite many commentators criticising museum dress codes the debate inspired by this and … Read more