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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 1

SquarepicThe pirate look has been dominated by the media since before Hollywood. Katherine sees what sailors and buccaneers really wore in the Golden Age of Piracy.

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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 Part 2

pirate iconThe popular image of the pirate is very different from the reality of C17th and C18th seamen - and how did that look even come to mean "pirate"? Katherine explains...

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Caribbean Pirate Dress

icon free smMore historically accurate than Disney, yet quick, easy and inexpensive, with separate pieces that can begin a mix-and-match costume collection.

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1650-60 Banqueting Gown

banquet-iconIzabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.

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A Banqueting Suit

Henry Rich, 1st Earl of HollandIzabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...

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A Costumed Ball at Versailles

Screen Shot 2016 09 29 at 11.22.40All dressed up with nowhere to go? Your 18th century gown would probably enjoy a nice trip to Versailles to party like the Sun King. 

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 5 - Linens

SquarepicThe creation of Mrs Gainsborough's Georgian wardrobe continues, as Julia explains the construction of her linen chemise and accessories.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 6 - Robe a l'Anglaise

SmallPicWe are now tantalisingly close to finally meeting Mrs Gainsborough in her complete C18th ensemble. Julia describes the making of her silk Robe a l'Anglaise.

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Taking Mrs. Gainsborough Home

SquarepicIn the final poignant installment, Julia brings Mrs. Gainsborough and her daughter home to the Georgian artist's historic Suffolk base, to show the complete outfits in all their glory.

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18th Century Women’s Dress 3

18th-Century Women’s Dress Part 3 by Katy WerlinA straightforward overview of the basic styles of women's dress that dominated the first half of the 18th century.

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 1

Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 1 by Chantal FilsonThe bergere hat looks terrific on everyone. Chantal walks us through making a perfectly lovely one from a placemat, of all things!

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18th Century Women’s Dress 1

18th Century Women’s Dress 1 by Katy WerlinFashion is deeply connected with the socio-cultural world in which it arises. Katy explains some of the driving forces of the 18th c. world. 

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