Costuming

Costume Society of America seeks papers

Costume Society of America is seeking papers for its Western Region 2012 Symposium to be held March 17-18, 2012 in Santa Clarita, California. The topic is: “Interpreting History through Costume.” Deadline is October 15, 2011.

Making a Finnish Viking dress

Satu Hovi offers techniques for creating a Finnish Viking dress on her website. The article includes research on the Eura dress and her replica from Luistari cemetery in Eura, grave 56.

[DRA] Yuletide University XI

Glen Rathlin is proud to announce that it will be holding the eleventh Yuletide University XI from 25th to 27th of November, 2011 at Crawfordsburn Scout Camp, 20 Bridge Row South, Helen’s Bay, Co Down, BT19 1JT.

Outlands costumer wins praise

THL Magdalena Lucia Ramberti, known in the modern world as Christa Gordon, recently won acclaim by placing third in the Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge. Gordon explained her specialty, Italian Renaissance courtesan clothing, to reporter Claire Martin of the Denver Post. (slideshow)

Artemisian wins the Realm of Venus Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

The Realm of Venus' 4 month long Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge is over, with 14 finalists from around the world completing the challenge to make an Italian Renaissance outfit from the skin out.

Vindolanda finds point to advanced textile industry

It's not just about togas anymore. New evidence shows that "the Romans had a surprisingly advanced textile industry -- and possibly a luxury fashion addiction," with garments that included paenulas and laenas of wool, leather or felt.

Res Obscura offers review of Rensaissance clothing book

The blog Res Obscura offers a review of the book Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe by Ulinka Rublack, which chronicles the importance of clothing to the merchant class during the Renaissance.

Flight of the Falcon: "A blast from the ye olde past"

"We love the show of it," said Lady Thamira haSopheret (Tammy Barr Silverman), about the appeal of the SCA. "We love the feeling of being lords and ladies and wearing fancy clothes." Bernie Petit of the Gaston Gazzette spoke with her and others from the Canton of Aire Faucon in Atlantia.

Treasure of Asgard

For all your Tudor Garb and Pottery needs.

Disney princesses get historical makeover

Anyone who loves, or interacts with, a little girl is bound to be familiar with the "Disney Princesses," the heroines of movies whose costumes have inspired many a Halloween. Now LA-based illustrator Claire Hummel reinterprets the costumes with an historian's eye.

BaublesnBags Costuming

BaublesnBags provides quality, custom-made garb for lords, ladies, and little ones, from wool and silk doublets embellished with hand embroidery and gems, velvet Tudor gowns, and brocade Italian gowns, to comfortable linen kirtles and gowns for hot summer events and long days in the kitchen. Beautiful garments, made with love and pride, sure to turn heads at any event.

15th century brassieres

A presentation from the 2011 annual conference for the North European Symposium for Archaeological Textiles (NESAT) explores the use of the bra in the 15th century. The paper by Beatrix Nutz is entitles Bras in the 15th Century? A Preliminary Report.

Raven and The Owl

The Raven and the Owl offers historical clothing made from natural fabrics.

 

Renaissance Clothing by The Tudor Shoppe

Renaissance Costumes and medieval clothing for those with discriminating taste. Also, buttons, patterns, notions, jewelry, tapestries, toys, swords, panther tents, and more.

AEthelmearc Costuming Potluck photos online

Master Broom reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Costuming Potluck II event which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

[ATL] Roman Garb Workshop

Roman garb is easy, easy, easy, and extremely comfortable in the heat, but if you want to do it right, we have the workshop for you, taught by Lady Iohanna filia Iacobi.

School of Historical Dress established in London

Begining in fall 2011, the School of Historic Dress will offer courses and study days on the "making of historical costume for theatre, cinema and the living history movement." The school is located in London, England.

What goes around, comes around

In which "old' is "new" again. Perhaps these young Mexican gentlemen have been influenced by late 15th century footwear?

[ATE] Fabric War and SunDragon Baronial A&S

Mark your calendars and practice your haggling skills! Bring your artistic entries for Fabric War and SunDragon Baronial Arts and Sciences Competition are happening June 25, 2011!

A Burgundian masterpiece

Duran Textiles is back again with an incredible silk Burgundian gown and headdress featured in their April 2011 newsletter. (photos)

Felicitas Flussmullmeirn placed on vigil in AEthelmearc

At Their recent Crown Tourney in the Barony of Blackstone Mountain, Christopher and Morgen, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, placed THLady Felicitas Flussmullmeirn on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Morgan Library to explore medieval costume

This summer, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City will sponsor an exhibit of over fifty illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books showcasing fashionable clothing in Northern Europe.

Realm of Venus sponsors Italian Ren costuming challenge

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the website Realm of Venus is sponsoring The Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge from April 21 to August 21,  2011.

Medieval fools: to hat or not to hat?

On his blog Got Medieval, graduate student in Medieval Studies Carl S. Pyrdum, III spent his most recent April 1 contemplating the depiction of medieval fools and their headcoverings - or lack of them.

Drea Leed publishes Elizabethan costume book online

Costume historian Drea Leed has recently published the wardrobe inventories of Queen Elizabeth I. Her work is available online in a searchable format.

Paper into couture at San Francisco's Legion of Honor

In Pulp Fashion:  The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, the Belgian artist re-creates exquisite life-size historic costumes using paper. The exhibit is currently at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor until June 5, 2011. (photos)

[AET] Potluck/Aethelmearc Army Muster

With the Winter now behind us and Spring in full bloom, it's time to create new garb or add embellishments to old.  Maybe even learn a new technique or try a completely new time period. Bring your projects and join us May 7, 2011 for a Costumer's Potluck at the Greenville Rec Center/YMCA  (45 Alan Avenue Greenville, PA 16125). 

Save the Philadelphia textiles!

On the A Fashionable Excuse blog, Lady Elizabeth of Rivenstar reports that a box of 15th-16th century textiles was recently discovered in the Design Center of Philadelphia University. Now a fundraiser is in the works where those willing to donate will be given access to study the fabrics. (photo)

A short history of fabric in the Middle East

In a recent online issue of Saudi Aramco World Magazine, the history of fabric in the Middle East from the 11th century forward is discussed. Such fabrics as gauze and muslin were once very different from the way they are known today.

Well preserved Ming dynasty mummy found

A female mummy dating to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) has been unearthed in Taizhou, China. The mummy is in an excellent state of preservation including skin, hair, clothes, shoes, and jewelery.