Victorian

A Brief History of Hairstyles, 1835-1899

A Brief History of Hairstyles, 1835-1899

Modern hair is often a momentary affair: wash, dry, and go. For the Victorian woman, however, hair was not just an inconvenience or an afterthought: it was practically a religion...

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Interview: Jennifer Rosbrugh

Interview: Jennifer Rosbrugh

Jennifer Rosbrugh is one of those lucky costumers who has turned her hobby into a career. Here she tells us about her passion.

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Interview With Slogger Rose

Interview With Slogger Rose

Meet Slogger Rose of The Ragged Victorians, who reject silks and crinolines to portray the great unwashed of 19th century society.

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Interview: American Duchess

Interview: American Duchess

Lauren of American Duchess turned her costuming hobby into a career designing historical shoes. She talks to Elizabeth about getting started and the delights of embroidered 18th century mules...

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Kathryn Stelzer aka Madame Kat

Kathryn Stelzer aka Madame Kat

If you make costumes for yourself, it's important not only to study the past, but to develop a sense of personal style.

One woman who has no trouble combining her own take on the Victorian bustle period with elements of Goth, steampunk and pure fantasy is Kathryn Stelzer of Philadelphia in the United States, known to her friends as Madame Kat.

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Letters, Q&A

Letters, Q&A

We answer your questions about the Double Period Project and about lace knitting patterns.

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Letters, Questions, Advice: May '10

Letters, Questions, Advice: May '10

Discussion on what style of dress suits a plus size lady best; adjusting a 1770's waistcoat pattern for a man with a large stomach.

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Letters, Questions & Advice: April 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: April 2010

This month on the Letters, Questions and Answers page we have:

Two requests for men's clothing articles (and the answer) Regency pinafores as seen in Jane Austen films: did they really exist? A free, globally available wealth of Regency fashion plates in full color What does Dickens mean by a "comforter" in A Christmas Carol?

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Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

This month:

Trisha asks about creating a dress form for a French fashion doll and patterns for it. Shawn inquires about the historically correct way to piece an 1880 chemise Cathy explains about the DPP Corsets competition and FR

 

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The Mysterious Emile Pingat

The Mysterious Emile Pingat

Emile Pingat is one of the most mysterious and distinctive designers of the late C19th. Joy introduces this elusive couturier.

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Gathered Victorian Trimmings

Gathered Victorian Trimmings

So much of a costume's individuality is in the trims - it's hard to find anything that looks truly authentic. So let's make our own- they're surprisingly simple!

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