Costuming

Shoes of Roman children correct myth about military life

Professor Elizabeth Greene looks at shoes differently than most people. At the recent 2013 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, she presented research on how Roman children's shoes reflected their family status, especially in military familities.

Historic High Heels for Men

Manly high heels date back centuries, worn by horsemen as well as powerful rulers.

Hairstyle of the Vestal Virgins

Slightly out-of-period, but interesting nonetheless, is an instruction video by hairdresser Janet Stephens re-creating the hairstyle of the Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome. The Seni Crines is the oldest known hairstyle in Rome, and influenced later styles.

Historical Costume Contest deadline March 31, 2013

The historic costuming pattern site Old Time Patterns is currently holding an Historical Costume Contest for costumes created from the time periods 1500-1630 Tudor, Elizabethan, Early Settler through 1910-1940 Vintage, Titanic, WW1, Flapper.

Chainmail comfort shoes

The perfect footgear to pair with your chainmail bikini, PaleoBarefoots offers customers the opportunity to have "100% protection and 100% barefoot feel."

Roman-era tartan?

A tiny piece of cloak depicted in a Roman statue may be the "the first-ever depiction of tartan". The plaid appears on a bronze statue of the Emperor Caracalla with a bound Caledonian warrior wearing what appears to be tartan trews. The statue was found in the Moroccan city of Volubilis. (video)

[LOC] Costuming Workshop

Abertridwr presents a Costuming Workshop, running over 8-weeks (the same time as the Beginners Combat School).

Conservation of a Mary Rose hat

One of the many fascinating items found on the Mary Rose, the sunken fastship of King Henry VIII, is a knit hat. A recent photo from the Mary Rose's Facebook page (public) shows a conservator working on preservation of a hat. (photo)

[EAL] Rising Waters Twelfth Night

Don't let that holiday feeling end with the New Year!  Rising Waters Twelfth Night is Saturday, January 5, 2013. The site is St. Andrew's Anglican Church Hall, 7 St. Andrew's Avenue in Grimsby.

Photos from Drachenwald's Kingdom University online

Edicrus reports that he has created an album of photos from Kingdom University which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on Flickr.

Travel through time with Queen Margot

Travel through time with this French video which portrays changes in fashion from 1550 to 1615 through the person of Queen Margot. The short video is available on YouTube.

[OUT] Totally Tudor Twelfth Night

Come join us and start the year in Tudor fashion. This year Caerthe's premiere event will highlight the court of Henry VIII, but you will be able to come and enjoy all the aspects of Caerthe's 12th Night that you have come to love over the years, including merchants, friends, entertainment and the usual feast.

Royal Ontario Museum goes "BIG" with costume display

Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum adds to its Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume with BIG, "a stunning display, exclusively drawn from the ROM's collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes. The exhibit opens November 3, 2012.

[MID] Known World Academy of Rapier and Costuming Symposium

The Shire of Ravenslake and The Thieves of Hearts are proud to present: The Known World Academy of Rapier and the Known World Costuming Symposium

[OUT] Caerthe 12th Night

Come join us and start the year in Tudor fashion. This year Caerthe's premiere event will highlight the court of Henry VIII, but you will be able to come and enjoy all the aspects of Caerthe's 12th Night that you have come to love over the years, including merchants, friends, entertainment and the usual feast.

[NOR] Griffin Needle Challenge

Please join us for an exciting costuming challenge - Teams of up to six members each meet at 10PM Friday night and have until 6PM on Saturday evening to complete an entire outfit in an all-night sewing extravaganza! Please see the competition division and rules pages for more information. Grab a few friends, register a team, and come take on the Griffin’s Needle Challenge!

Poor Man's Pennsic brings fun and a "small Renaissance fair" to Grand Rapids, Wisconsin

Casey Lake of the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune joined the Shire of Falcon's Keep for a day of fighting and revelry. Poor Man's Pennsic marked its 20th anniversary this year.

Service, combat, and chivalry in Arab, Alabama

David Moore of the Arab Tribune newspaper joins Thorfinn Eriksonnr, Ingris Utlennigsdottir, and Mailloch of Wulfhaven as they meet for for fighting, A&S, and building a new group in northern Alabama.

Medieval Lingerie

A remarkably modern-looking bra and "string bikini" from the 15th century have been discovered in East Tyrol.

Handbag museum to open in Korea

The next time you are in Seoul, Korea, make sure to visit the Simone Handbag Museum, whick opens in the Gangnam District in August. The museum will feature mostly European purses from the 16th century through modern times.

Spring 2012: Duct tape at the prom

Spring is prom season, and for the 12th straight year, Duck Tape Brand has encouraged teens to use their creativity to win scholarships in the Stuck at Prom contest by designing innovative duct tape promwear. (photos)

Medieval head coverings

Lady Racaire of the Kingdom of Drachenwald has posted an album of photos from a class she taught in 2004 on medieval veils and head coverings.

Wearing a wimple

Helsinki resident and SCA Laurel Elina has created a blog entitled Neulakko, devoted to arts and crafts of the Middle Ages. One blog entry gives detailed instructions on how to put on a wimple and veil. The article is in Finnish and English.

Decosa Design LLC

Decosa Design LLC provides extremely rare handwoven silk brocades with historically accurate motifs.  Their fabrics have intricate designs worked in fine gilt threads for a true golden or silver shine.  They also carry limited quantities of cloth-of-gold and cloth-of-silver.  These fabrics shine brilliantly at outdoor events and will not fade or tarnish.

The prize for creative use of toilet paper goes to Nina Katchadourian

Attention SCAdian: Bored on long flights? Perhaps you should entertain yourself with some creative headgear construction as demonstrated by non-SCA member Nina Katchadourian. (photos)

Fashion and innovation in Renaissance Italy

Evelyn Welch of the University of London has authored an article on hair coverings and accessories in Renaissance Italy and posted it online.

[WES] See the Sea

Join the Shire of Pavlok Gorod as we celebrate summer at See the Sea!

16th century Spanish pattern book available online

The World Digital Library has posted a digital version of the Book on Geometry, Practice, and Patterns by Juan de Alcega. Published in 1580, the book offers techniques for ordering lengths of fabric based on the measurement of the "ell."

Foster-Stephens Garment Storage

Foster-Stephens provides archival storage products for garb and other textiles. Members may be interested in their Muslin or Tyvek Garment Bags, sized for court outfits and good for traveling back and forth to events. Foster-Stephens boxes and bags are designed for long term storage and are very safe for your garb between events.

Footwear of the Renaissance fighter

John Clements, Director of ARMA (Association for Renaissance Martial Arts), is often asked “What shoes should I train in?” In response, he has written an article on Historical Fencing Footwear available on the group's website. (photos)