Research

London Museums: Behind the Scenes

London Museums: Behind the Scenes

Suitcase, passports and a utility bill….? Here's all you need to know to get behind the scenes at the biggest London museums.

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Taking Great Museum Photos

Taking Great Museum Photos

Memory is fallible, so if you get a chance to photograph a museum collection, do it! Here are Marion's tips for great pictures in museums. 

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Study Appointments at Museums

Study Appointments at Museums

When studying fashion history or recreating garments, nothing beats seeing actual garments at a museum study appointment.

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Organizing Your Research Materials

Organizing Your Research Materials

Drowning in books, web tabs, bookmarks and useful scraps of paper? Marion shares her tips and techniques for keeping research organized, both online and off.

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How to Find What You Are Looking For

How to Find What You Are Looking For

Marion shares a few of her tricks on how to track down artwork and historical information in a particular town or region that is off the beaten research path.

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Making the Most of Your Museum Visit

Making the Most of Your Museum Visit

When doing research at a museum far from home, it's vital to plan carefully so nothing is forgotten. Marion shares her tips for making the most of a museum visit.

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Planning a Research Vacation to Europe

Planning a Research Vacation to Europe

So, you’ve always wanted to see amazing museums and historical sites in person instead of just in photographs? Marion shows us how to plan our own research tour.

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Research for the Historical Costumers – Tips, Techniques, and Resources: Primary Sources (pt. 4)

Research for the Historical Costumers – Tips, Techniques, and Resources: Primary Sources (pt. 4)

This month Kendra van Cleave completes her series from earlier in the year with a discussion of how to go about using original sources.

What you specifically look for will depend on your own research aims, but all of these and more can provide incredibly valuable information about costume. Even better, they provide the thrill of holding, reading, and/or looking at a piece of history in your hands, and are the tools that will enable you to take your costumes beyond the standard secondary sources to which everyone has access!

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Research for the Historical Costumer, Part 3: Tips, Techniques, and Resources: Secondary Sources

Research for the Historical Costumer, Part 3: Tips, Techniques, and Resources: Secondary Sources

In part three of her four part series, Kendra van Cleave shows us some tips and techniques to find good information on the Internet.

This month, she adds books, journals and conferences to our arsenal of resources, recommending the most useful ones, showing us how best to use them, and telling us what to look out for.

 

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Research for the Historical Costumer, Part 2: Libraries & Online Research

Research for the Historical Costumer, Part 2: Libraries & Online Research

It's All Online - Right?

Wrong, wrong, wrong. One of the biggest myths of our current era is that, "Everything is available online."

There is indeed a great deal of research you can do online. But if only rely on online sources, and particularly if you only rely on the websites created by other costumers, you are looking at a fraction of the information commonly and easily available to you.

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Research for the Historical Costumer: Tips, Techniques, and Resources by Kendra Van Cleave

Research for the Historical Costumer: Tips, Techniques, and Resources by Kendra Van Cleave

Research – just the word alone can make some costumers’ hearts flutter, while others’ sink. For some, it represents an irritating waste of time, blocking the creation process, while others find creative inspiration and satisfaction in getting it “just right.”

This series of articles will set out to achieve a few different things. First, for those who are new to historical research, or can’t stand it, we’ll discuss why you should consider doing research, and some resources and techniques that will hopefully make the process more efficient (and therefore, a bit less painful). For those who love it, we’ll get into many advanced resources and techniques that will bump your research knowledge and skills up to the next level.

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The Workwoman's Guide Part 2

The Workwoman's Guide Part 2

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava translates the four fundamental stitches.

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The Workwoman's Guide Part 1

The Workwoman's Guide Part 1

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and dressmaking masochist. Ava begins to translate the directions for 21st c sewers!

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Winterthur Collection

Winterthur Collection

The Winterthur Collection  has many fantastic historical clothing and accessory catalogs. Here's the best  from 1850-1919

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New Book Reviews

New Book Reviews

Looking for some last minute gift suggestions? Cathy reviews two new books from 2010: Fashioning Fashion and High Style.

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Natural Form Era (1876-1882) Bookshelf

Natural Form Era (1876-1882) Bookshelf

We've gone through our links, pored over the bookshelves and searched for the best in books to help you create a masterpiece for the Natural Form Era 1876-1882.

We've got an awesome trilogy of ladies' tailoring books by Charles Hecklinger and his equally amazing trilogy of men's tailoring books.  

Having trouble getting a smooth fit to a cuirass bodice or Princess dress? We've found period  fitting guides with step-by-step pictures to guide you through the process.  Want to know what options women had for corsets and petticoats? Check out a mail order catalog from 1883.  And that's just the free stuff, not from a bookstore!

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Revolutionary Era (1770-1789) Bookshelf

Revolutionary Era (1770-1789) Bookshelf

Marion's got all the books and resources you need to create an amazing ensemble for the Revolutionary period:

The Must Have books and the Nice-to-Haves; A 1785 French fashion magazine with men's and women's dress, hat and wig fashions; and much more!

 

 

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Archive.org - Pattern Cutting, Tailoring and Dressmaking by Marion and Cathy

Archive.org - Pattern Cutting, Tailoring and Dressmaking by Marion and Cathy

Archive.org is an open digital library, without the international restrictions of Google Books. This month, we share with you a few of the great historical texts on a variety of subjects that we've found.

From 1820's fashion magazines to 1900's pattern drafting texts, to shoe making manuals and hairstyling guides, we've got a lot to keep you busy over the holiday season!

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"Corsets" by Jill Salen: review and competition!

"Corsets" by Jill Salen: review and competition!

This month Cathy Hay reviews the new exciting new book: "Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques"  by Jill Salen.

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HEARTH Online Library by Marion McNealy

HEARTH Online Library by Marion McNealy

The HEARTH  (Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History) online library is devoted to books and journals published in the field on home economics.

It has a large variety of books on many different subjects, and I'll teach you how to get the most out of this valuable resource! I also share some of the books that caught my attention and a few favorite quotes.

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