The Empire dress, it’s a look we’re still wearing 200 years after it first came into fashion – clean, simple, classy, with its high waistline and long, slender silhouette. Here’s the story of how the French gave Rococo the boot, turned fashion on its head, and introduced a revolutionary new way of dressing.Full article
We have a soft spot for historical reenactment. The folks involved pursue absolute authenticity in replicating historical fashion (see #fashion history), reviving forgotten crafts, and delving into all areas of everyday life in various historical periods. Thanks to this great community – those who do historical swordplay, period dancing, dying crafts, and historical cuisine, among others – we have met lots of interesting people, discovered the magic of making things by hand, and been inspired to investigate countless historical textile treasures. This inspiration has led us to study textile production, learn the art of hand weaving, visit museums and search through publications of textile collections. We offer what we’ve learned and notes on our forays into the past in the posts here.
As young women in Regency England swooned over Mr. Darcy, what were their counterparts on the Continent up to? Both sides of the Channel saw the rise of a middle-class esthetic, demure and practical. Gone were the arch tastes of Empire fashion. In the heart of Europe the Biedermeier brought an idealization of hearth and home, the return of the hourglass figure, and a flurry of dainty floral prints.Full article
Planning a historical costume but you’re not sure which fabric to choose? No need to wade through piles of history books – we’ve done the research for you. This short guide to historical wools covers everything from traditional wool processing techniques to pointers for choosing an authentic weave.Full article
Historical reenactments, battles, swordsmanship, medieval costumes and crafts… There’s a whole world out there that’s out of this world. People from all walks of life shed their everyday identities and get together to make the past come alive. The calendar is packed with fantastic events to thrill and inspire you.Full article