Costuming

A history of the bra

An article in Pravda chronicles the history of the brassiere from ancient Cretan underbodice to the Wonderbra.

Long-time Boston-area SCAdian featured in article

Cassandra Boell von Bayer has been part of the SCA for about 29 years and has gained repute for her skill in costuming and small animal husbandry. A recent article in The Bolton Common profiles her SCA life.

Farthingales LA

Farthingales LA corset shop sells quality corset making supplies, quality ready-made corsets and offers the opportunity to purchase custom-made corsets. Quality corset supplies are an important investment for any corset maker or costumer. Why invest the time required to build a garment, if you're not using the quality products that will make that garment survive time and wear? If you value your work, use products that will make your techniques and your workmanship stand out from others.

Kilt shortage in Scottish military

The failure to finalize a contract with garment-makers has left more than 5,000 Scottish soldiers out of uniform. As many as fifteen soldiers have been forced to share each ceremonial kilt.

Wal-Mart says it will not remove fabric department

In an article dated December 4, 2006, Anita French of the Morning News reports that the retail giant Wal-Mart will not be closing the fabric departments in 80% of its stores by April 2007, as has been reported on a number of blogs.

Photos from the Known World Costuming Symposium Online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Northshield, shares her memories and photos of the recent Known World Costuming Symposium which was held recently in the Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, Wisconsin).

KWCS Proceedings Available

Did you miss out on attending the Knowne World Costuming Symposium and now are sad that you didn't get a chance to take all those lovely classes? Never fear! The Proceedings are now available for purchase!

Early Byzantine Costume Research Papers Online

Meghan Elphinstone, Arts & Sciences Champion for the Barony of Marinus in Atlantia, has posted her extensive research on early Byzantine costuming. The two papers are available in PDF format.

Elizabethan Garb Stolen in the West

Deborah Doyle reports that an Elizabethan gown was stolen from her garage in the San Francisco area on November 18, 2006.

Raised Heel Footwear Website Created

Francis Classe has created a website with photos and documentation on recreating and constructing historical raised heel shoes, such as chopines, pantoufles, or zoccoli.

Knowne World Costuming Symposium Deadline Approaches

The Knowne World Costuming Symposium 2006 will be held in the Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, WI) in the Kingdom of Northshield on Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26, 2006.

Robin Netherton to Present at CostumeCon 25

Medieval costuming expert Robin Netherton will be presenting a series of five lectures at CostumeCon 25. The convention will take place March 30-April 2, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri.

CostumeCon 25

description:
Are you coming to Costume-Con 25? All the Best People (or whatever) Are!!

St. Louis, MO
March 30 through April 2, 2007

Activities:
Panels, workshops, masquerades, exhibits, dealers, tours, parties... the list goes on and on. Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Hawaiian Costumer Still Plays Dress Up in the SCA

Costumer Amy Sumida, who works for Kaimuki's Prosperity Corner in Hawaii, is busy putting together costumes for the Halloween season. Sumida discovered the SCA in her teens and learned that playing dress-up could be profitable. Nadine Kam of the Honolulu Star Bulletin has the story.

Clothing Collegium

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Do you want new garb? Does your armor need an update? Perhaps you just want to share and learn? Classes are being formed for armor, leather, needlework, hats, menswear, and ladieswear: clothing and accessories.

Site opens at 9 am; classes begin at 10 am at the Lyndonviklle central School: 25 Housel Ave., Lyndonville, NY 14098. The event fee is $5.00. Lunch is included. There is no feast. Some classes will have supply fees. Location:
Canton of Beau Fleuve (Lyndonville, New York)

Nano-Grecian Formula One?

New research by French scientists seems to suggest that the techniques used by Greeks and Romans to dye their hair had results in common with today's nanotechnology and were comparable to modern products.

Oslo Garbage Dump Yields Medieval Treasures

A garbage dump dating from the 13th or 14th century has been discovered in Oslo, Norway. The massive collection of discarded items includes over 1,000 shoes.

Meridies Fall 2006 Coronation Photos Online

Jerusha has posted photos from the Kingdom of Meridies' recent Fall 2006 Coronation.

National Geographic: The Joy of Shoes

The online version of the September 2006 issue of National Geographic Magazine includes an article on "The Joy of Shoes." The article includes photos and references to modern and historic shoes.

All Hallows XXVI

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Come celebrate the bounty of the Harvest and the coming of winter at All Hallows XXVI. There will be two A&S events - the Best Headgear for your Persona, be it hat, wimple and veil, or helm; any appropriate head covering. There will also be a display of your most current Work in Progress, so we can all see what wonderful things are being made in Faire Atlantia. PLEASE have your A&S entry in by 1 p.m. We plan to have a Consult table during the day, as well. After Feast there will be our well known Bardic Competition, so practice your song, poem, or story to share! Location:
Shire of Berley Cort (Sedley, Virginia)

How to Wrap a Great Kilt

Mystified by the process of wrapping a Scottish great kilt? Tartanweb.com can come to your aid with diagrams and photos to make the process easy.

Teachers Sought for Known World Costume Symposium

Baroness Eithni ingen Talorgain is looking for instructors for the upcoming Known World Costuming Symposium which takes place November 26, 2006 in the Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, Wisconsin).

"Image of Irelande" Depicts 16th Century Irish Life

Plates from John Derrick's 1581 book The Image of Irelande are available on the Edinburgh University website. The woodcuts show examples of Irish costume of the time.

Fashions for the Well-Dressed Reenactor

Steve Tarter of the Peoria, Illinois Journal Star "went medieval" when he visted with Valerie Lilley of Sofi's Stitches to discuss the meaning of "dressing for success" medieval style.

Known World Costuming Symposium

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The Kingdom of Northshield and the Barony of Jararvellir are proud to host the 2006 Knowne World Costuming Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin.

Site:
Edgewood College
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, Wisconsin
http://www.edgewood.edu

Hours:
Friday 4:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-1:00pm

http://www.students.uwosh.edu/~thens25/kwcostuming06/ Location:
Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, Wisconsin)

Janet Arnold Award Provides Research Funds for Costumers

The Society of Antiquaries of London sponsors yearly awards of up to UK£4000 "to further in-depth study of Western dress." The Janet Arnold Award is presented in honor of the historical costume expert who died in 1998.

13th Century Garb Discussion List

Scolastica la souriete has created a new discussion list for those interested in 13th century European garb.

American Wins International Belly Dancing Competition

Egypt opened its doors to foreign dancers and asked its hometown heroes to stay out of the competition at the Alf Leila We Leila Festival (Belly Dancing World Cup 2006). Since an Egyptian has won nearly every year of the competition, the local contestants decided to see what the rest of the world had to offer.

Rajahs-on-the-Red Photos Online

Faerisa has posted photos from the recent Rajahs on the Red, an Indian-themed event, held in Castel Rouge in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Athena's Grove

Athena's Grove, Inc., provides gorgeous trims that will make your garb dazzling. They have Celtic, European and Middle Eastern styles and many other beautiful designs. They also carry many Pagan and new age items including Amy Brown pendants and earrings and tarot decks. Mention that you saw them listed on SCAtoday.net, and they offer a discount.