Costuming

"What's Up" with A&S in Drachenwald?

For issue 8 of What's Up Wednesday, the A&S blog for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, the topic is sewing, featuring some amazing projects created by artisans of the Kingdom.

Viking amulet features detailed dress

Experts in Denmark are intrigued by the recent discovery of a Viking Age amulet/figurine by a metal detectorist in a field near Revninge. The small silver figurine, possibly representing Freya the goddess of fertility, wears a marvelously-detailed Viking dress. (photo)

French museum hosts Shakespearean costume exhibit

The National Centre for Stage Costumes in Moulins, France is playing host to an elaborate display of Shakespearean theatrical costumes entitled Shakespeare, l'étoffe du monde. The silk, satin and gemstone-studded costumes reflect designs from over a century of productions.

Thamesreach celebrates Tudor Day

Members of the SCA Shire of Thamesreach recently took part in a celebration of Tudor Day at the Queens Elisabeth Hunting lodge in Epping Forest, England. Photographer PQNeiman was on hand to capture images of the day.

"Examining 14th century Fashion" research paper online

A recent edition of the Falcon Banner, the news magazine of the Kingdom of Calontir, featured documentation by Duchess Aislinn Morcroft entitled An Age of Change: Examining 14th century Fashion.

Dragon's Magic closing Pennsic 2014

Just a note to try to notify all my friends and customers. Dragon's Magic will be selling out and closing at this Pennsic, 2014.

I'm going back to school full time and closing my store, Class Act Fabrics/Dragon's Magic. I will also be putting up my Slavic 'house on wheels' up for sale.

"Threads" offers costumers a chance to design for 1/2 scale dress forms

Threads Magazine has anncounced its 2014 American Sewing Expo (ASE) Challenge: 1/2-Scale Design Challenge on the theme of "Fashion Icons through the Ages." The contest is limited to 100 entries and garments must be finished by August 1, 2014.

"Clothing of al-Andalus" research paper

In a recent edition of the Falcon Banner, the online news magazine for the Kingdom of Calontir, HE Qadiya Catalina de Arazuri shares her research for the recent Kingdom A&S event on Clothing of al-Andalus.

Removing hair - not flesh - in the Renaissance

Ladies, no more spending your hard-erned money for salon waxing. Simply follow the renaissance recipe for hair removal: arsenic, cat dung and vinegar. Read the article by Rose Eveleth in Smithsonian.

Maiden crown artifacts found in Danish church

The discovery of the remains of a "maiden crown" in Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark have shed new light on women's fashion of the time. A maiden crown was worn by an unmarried woman in the Renaissance. The recently-discovered headpiece consisted of small flowers made of copper wire and silk thread. (photos)

Will the codpiece make a comeback?

Stephen Smith of the BBC News opines on one of our favorite accessories, on or off the battlefield.

Birka 2014 photos online

Brita and Hugh from the East Kingdom report that they have created albums of photos from Market Day at Birka. Brita's photos are available on Shutterfly, while Hugh's may be found on Picasaweb.

Old Time Patterns' 2nd Annual Historical Costume Contest

Announcing  Old Time Patterns' 2nd Annual Historical Costume Contest. No purchase necessary. Cash prizes. 8 time period categories to enter.

Hennins inspired by hats of Mongolian royals says Medieval PoC

The quintessential "princess hat" of the Middle Ages, the hennin, was inspired by the willow-withe and felt Boqta (Ku-Ku) of Mongolian Queens, according to a blog entry for Medieval PoC. The Mongolian hats could reach up to 7 feet in height and may have served to distinguish men from women at a distance.

Steppes 12th Night 2013 photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two large albums of photos from Steppes 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

Shava's photos from Griffin Needle Challenge 2013

Shava reports that she has created an album of photos from Griffin Needle Challenge, which took place in October 2013 in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on Flickr.

Armor on the runway

The newest trend in fashion is not crop tops or romantic florals but medieval armor. Annalee Newitz of io9 reports on the work of designer Pinkabsinthe whose handcrafted fashion armor may not protect, but certainly looks cool. (photos)

Olde Worlde Designs

Olde Worlde Designs offers quality handmade Medieval and Renaissance clothing, accessories and underpinnings. Their ever-growing line of clothing includes noble gowns, doublets, tunics, corsets, underpinnings, jewelry, hats and more. They provide custom made garb for any size and any occasion.

SCA author seeks backing to create tailoring series

SCA member and author Allan Mathew Gnagy has created a kickstarter campaign to publish the first of a series of period tailoring manuals devoted to men's tailoring of the early 17th century. The first volume focuses on doublets.

The fashion of Matthaeus Schwarz

Matthaeus Schwarz was a 16th century accountant - but an accountant with fashion sense. For over 40 years, the Augsburg, Germany resident commissioned watercolor paintings of himself, documenting his wardrobe and accessories, and revealing as much about his personality and ambition as his clothing choices. (photos and video)

More on the art of Roman hair fashion

Baltimore hairdresser, and self-proclaimed "hairdo archaeologist," Janet Stephens, discusses her unique work with Roman hairstyles with the BBC while on a recent visit to London. (video)

SCA merchant sells, teaches at Massachusetts market

“Women never went out in public without their hair properly covered. But Italian women were notorious for tweaking laws," said Carver, Massachusetts merchant Susan Christiano about hair dressing in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Christiano sells handmade snoods and other ornaments at the Carver Farmers’ Market. (photo)

Historical Costume Contest winner announced

Earlier this year, Sandy Gowland of Old Time Patterns issued a challenge: create an historical costume. Some entrants used existing patterns, while others made their own. The winner was announced on May 25, 2013. The results can be viewed on the website.

[ATE] Fabric War/SunDragon Arts and Sciences Competition

On Saturday, June 22, 2013 within the awesome lands of SunDragon, a yearly event will take place that is not for the weak.   Fabric War is upon us!   Search in your closets, sewing/guest room, garage and yes, even that stash under the bed that you did not think anyone knew about. 

Costume-Con

COSTUME-CON is an annual 4-day conference about costumes! All forms of costuming are welcome, including historical recreation, anime, comics,
video games, fantasy, sci-fi, theatrical/film/TV costumes, millinery, fursuits, and more.

Medieval textile sources online

Manchester University in England has created a searchable website of sources for medieval textiles and clothing. The lexis of cloth and clothing in Britain c. 700-1450: origins, identification, contexts and change collects documentation from "diverse academic disciplines: archaeology, archaeological textiles, art history, economic history, literature, languages."

Treasure shoe found in Rotterdam

Dutch archaeologists were surprised by the recent discovery of a shoe, dating to the 15th or 16th century, during excavation of a wall in Rotterdam's town hall. More interesting still was that the shoe was stuffed with 477 silver coins. (photo)

The Roman hairstyle debate continues

According to the article On Pins and Needles: Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head, Janet Stephens is a hairdo archaeologist. She has recreated Roman hairstyles, and in the article, she discusses her research - and her critics.

Tasha Kelley costuming lecture and workshop

Just a reminder that April 13th and 14th are the costuming workshops with Tasha Kelley. We have plenty of openings for the Saturday workshop, and three openings left for the Sunday workshop. The cost is $20 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $40 for both. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested.

No horns on their helmets

Everyone knows that the Vikings were dirty louts in helmets with horns -- at least that is what Danish Facebook readers thought in a recent survey by ScienceNordic’s Danish partner site, videnskab.dk. ScienceNordic debunks the myths about Viking appearance on a webpage entitled What Vikings really looked like.