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Costuming projects tend to fall, more or less, into one of two categories: there are those projects in which we strive for historical accuracy and detailed facts, and there are those in which we depart on a tangent, using our own ideas to create a personal but fictional vision.

Neither is a less worthy pursuit than the other, but the fictional is often dismissed as sloppy or simply wrong. Extraordinary Belgian artist Viona Ielegems is here to show us otherwise. Her work demonstrates the enormous value in playing with fact to create a compelling and beautiful fiction...

Welcome to the “Looking Glass”. If you find the fine work of the experienced seamstresses and corsetieres a little daunting, then you are in good company.

I started making my first corset last year. I am lucky enough to have found a tutor to work it through with me. I would never have taken the first few steps on my own otherwise. It is an interesting journey.

Tags: Interviews

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This month I'm going to send you to another site that's not a costume site at all, but a site that you can use as a tool to open up your costuming horizons. And rather than tell you the theory, I'm going to show you how it works.

This month, Bess Chilver talks about the many-layered sixteenth century outfit, getting used to the Tudor life, and about how re-enacting can really set a costumer alight...

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I got into historical costume by admiring movie costumes. I was delighted to find, a little later, that there were people who'd written books on how to make those costumes, how to recreate them accurately, and I was most impressed of all when I realised that the clothes and the patterns have been, in some cases, preserved for us to enjoy centuries later.

A little later still, when I first got on the Internet in 1996, I spent some very late nights in my University's computer labs salivating over the websites of antique clothing dealers like Karen Augusta...

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Katherine Caron-Greig is the epitome of the obsessed amateur costumer. A teacher by trade, she spends an inordinate amount of her free time collecting and recreating historical costumes for her own amusement.

Despite her taxing profession, she seems to retain boundless energy for her sewing and now boasts a historic wardrobe of dizzying proportions, most of which you can see for yourself at her website, www.koshka-the-cat.com.

With experience of almost every historical period of clothing from the 1550s to the 1950s, Katherine has a special understanding of the pitfalls and opportunities that await the passionate hobbyist.

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In January, Your Wardrobe Unlock'dTM featured an article about personal "Holy Grails", meaning costumes that you desperately want but are impossibly out-of-reach due to time, money, experience, extravagance, whatever. So I find myself wondering, what are my Holy Grails?

I’m Sunny Buchler – I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is a bit of a mecca for historical costuming, and moved to Cleveland, Ohio a couple years ago.

 

 

Tags: Interviews

ImageThis month, Kendra van Cleave answers your questions about making costumes the old-fashioned way, discusses making historical styles work on every size of woman, and enthuses about her personal favourite costume movies!

icon free smAren’t sure what type of fabric to use for period costume? Diana steers you toward more convincing, historically accurate fabrics.

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