Starting this month, we will be having two websites of the month. One will be focused on business or suppliers, the other will be research focused.
This month's research website is Google Books, specifically the home economics, sewing and dress-making categories. We'll share with you some of the really great full text/picture books from days gone by that we've found and give you pointers on where to find more!
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.
The Victorian cult of mourning reached its height in the 19th century. Polly explores the traditions and etiquette behind it.
The Commons on Flickr is a collection of historic public domain photographs from a variety of institutions from around the globe, including the Library of Congress, National Galleries of Scotland and George Eastman House.
Marion McNealy shares some of her favorites from this collection from around the world.
Have fun finding favorites of your own and exploring this interesting look at the past!
This month we feature a great research site: Wikimedia Commons. It's so much more than a place to host pictures for a Wikipedia entry!
We'll show you how to use the site, demonstrating its vast scope, giving you some in-roads and showing you where to start when you're looking for ideas or references. No longer will you need to stare at a blank search box, wondering where to begin!
You may remember reading in January's blog that Katherine Caron-Greig was in Paris for the New Year, happily photographing some of the best paintings in the Louvre. Such was our jealousy that it seems only right to feature the Louvre as our Website of the Month for February!
I was once told how a woman vowed to visit every single work of art in the famous Paris museum; it took her five full days to see it all. The Musée du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art drawn from eight departments, displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space dedicated to the permanent collections. The website encourages the visitor to "explore the works on display, taking a thematic or cross-departmental approach," but on such a vast site, this can be daunting! To get you started, we've picked out a few highlights for you...
This month, you may watch in amusement as I wrangle with a subject I know very little about.
If you're as briefly acquainted with Tudor and Elizabethan costume as I am, prepare for a treat as we "ooh" and "aah" together over a new and wonderful branch of costume. Meanwhile, if this is your thang, you may alternatively watch in the aforementioned amusement and then go off to our Website of the Month in informed adoration of your very favourite thing.
Some you know, some you won't, but in any case, the next time you travel, consider incorporating your passion for fashion.
...to Elsabet Rowth one kyrtyll of worsted upper bodyed with blew satyn of bryderies...
The British History Online site is a wonderful source of first hand information about the clothing and material objects of daily life in Tudor England.
Come explore the riches with us!
Did you know that the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute has a large online photo archive of their collection?
Neither did I until recently, since it's impossible to find from their home page!
I've found the back door to it, and sleuthed out a great many other museums with online costume collections!
The sailor suit finds its way full circle, back into the fashions, the sewing classes and the uniforms of the 20th century, completing the tale.
The sailor suit was a ubiquitous part of the Victorian era. Emmalia explores its development and why it was so popular.
A fabulous gown doesn't happen by accident! Designing for a big event takes thought, planning, research and creativity. Here's how.
How to design an original Victorian costume—something new, that would be right at home on the pages of La Mode Illustrée.
When making a costume, an extant garment is the ideal research source. Once you have one, how do you analyze it?
In part two, Polly looks at the development of fabrics, dyes and fastenings, and when they became part of popular fashion.
What fastenings, fabrics, techniques and accessories can you use? Polly has a timeline of new fashion inventions.
What stripes can mean and when they're appropriate, plus secrets to choosing, using, cutting and matching striped fabric.
From camisas to cintolas - Aylwen gives us an overview of Renaissance Italian men's fashion in the 15th century.
The chaperon was a popular men's hat in mid-15th century Europe. Constance introduces her interpretation of this iconic medieval style of headwear.