Last Minute Cheap Victorian & Steampunk Costumes on Amazon

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Have you got a last-minute Steampunk wardrobe crisis on your hands? Did you try to make a Victorian outfit and run out of time? Maybe you just need a few more accesories to complete your look. Whatever your reason, the internet – with a little help from The Costume Rag – is your saviour. Here … Read more

How to Care for Historical Costumes

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Sadly there is definitely a point when an antique garment is simply too old and fragile to wear. But how can you care for historical costumes in your collection regardless of whether you wear them or store them for future generations? 1. Buying Interestingly the most important step to caring for historical costumes is at … Read more

Are These the Cutest Shoes You’ve Ever Seen?

1820s antique childrens shoes

These incredible shoes belonged to a child in the early 19th Century and are now for sale on Ebay.  “This is a scarce opportunity to own a pair of very early 19th century children’s shoes from the reign of George III, 1800 to 1820 period,” says the seller. “These ancient square toed shoes are very … Read more

An End to Victorian Eroticism?

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The Manchester Art Gallery has removed a painting by the Pre-Raphaelite John William Waterhouse to create a debate on objectifying femininity in historic works. The artistic statement was inspired by the dialogue opened up by the #MeToo campaign that has called upon sexually harassed women to speak out against abuse. The work Hylas and the Nymphs … Read more

Are Fashion Plates Accurate?

1880s fashion plates

Fashion plates are the first source many historical costumiers turn to for a new outfit. They are easily available online such as on Pinterest, are drawn to showcase clothing in as simple and accessible a way as possible and they very often feature a printed date. Even those that don’t offer a date show so … Read more

Artist Creates Hauntingly Real Victorian Dolls

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A Russian artist has become a social media sensation with his incredibly realistic dolls. If you enjoy the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross then you will love watching Michael Zajkov sculpt faces in polymer clay, delicately paint them and individually thread every hair.   Zajkov’s Doll Technique He seems to follow a standard technique … Read more

The Big Task of Dressing Little Women

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Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh had a difficult role ahead of her in dressing the cast of BBC’s Little Women in an authentic 1868 look to grab Boxing Day audiences. “The research is really part of the design process so it’s about how you put a whole look together,” she told the BBC. “I often say to … Read more

Lookbook: Sarah Bernhardt

This stunning image of Sarah Bernardt poses multiple questions as while dated 1907 the outfit seems to hark from a few decades before that. Seeing the very unnatural line of a backdrop behind her this was likely a shot from a performance with its own retrospective costume. Fortunately we have managed to source the very … Read more

How Toxic is Your Hat?

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Have you ever stopped to think about your favourite vintage hat and its connection to the original Mad Hatter in 1865? Fear not for this is not the Daily Mail health column but just a century ago literally thousands of hat makers received chronic exposure to mercury fumes when felting rabbit furs to make headwear. … Read more

The Rag’s Steampunk Wishlist

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Dear Steampunk Santa on your rocket-powered sleigh, I have been very good this year. I have not invaded another universe nor seized command of any airships. I have cut down on the laudanum and am looking forward to my first gin for six months on Christmas morning. If this persuades you that I am a … Read more