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Claire’s fancy-pants HISTORICAL FASHION MASTER POST

shoomlah:

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So my historical costuming resources list from 2011 was less than a page long- I’m not saying that I’ve learned a lot in the past three years, but this list is now sitting pretty at a solid nine pages.  Whew.  And people wonder why I want to redo this damn series.

This list is by no means an exhaustive one- it’s a list of (primarily western) historical fashion resources, both online and offline, that is limited to what I know, own, or use!  It’s a work in progress, and I’m definitely hoping to expand on it as my knowledge base grows.  First things first, how about a little:

ADVICE FOR RESEARCHING HISTORICAL FASHION

  • Read, and read about more than just costuming.  Allowing yourself to understand the cultural and historical context surrounding the clothing of a particular region/period can be invaluable in sussing out good costume design.  Looking at pictures is all well and good, but reading about societal pressures, about construction techniques, daily routines, local symbolism, whatever else will really help you understand the rhyme and reason behind costuming from any given context.
  • Expand your costume vocabulary.  When you’re delving into a new topic, costuming or otherwise, picking up new terminology is essential to proper understanding and furthering your research.  Write down or take note of terms as you come across them- google them, look up synonyms, and use those words as a jumping off point for more research.  What’s a wire rebato?  How does it differ from a supportasse?  Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Double-check your sources.  Especially on the internet, and double especially on tumblr.  I love it, but it’s ground zero for rapidly spreading misinformation.  Books are usually your safest bet, but also take into account their date of publication, who’s writing them- an author’s biases can severely mangle their original source material.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Do everything you can to find out information on your own, but feel free to reach out to people with more specialized areas of knowledge for help!  Be considerate about it- the people you’re asking are busy as well- but a specific line of questioning that proves you’re passionate and that you respect their subject matter expertise can work wonders.

Okay, onto the links!

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It’s impossible to overstate the importance of getting off the internet and looking into books!  God bless the internet, but books are (generally, this isn’t a rule) better-researched and better-sourced.  Bibliographies also mean each individual books can be a jumping off point for further research, which is always a fantastic thing.

Remember- owning books is awesome and you should absolutely assemble your own library of resources, but LIBRARIES.  Libraries.  You’ll be surprised to find what books are available to you at your local library.

GENERAL / SURVEYS

Patterns fo Fashion books
Detailed, hand-drawn diagrams of historical fashion, inside and out.  Pretty amazing stuff.

Fashion in Detail books
Not what you want if you’re looking for photos of entire costumes- note the “in detail” bit up there.  Just a beautiful series, and great reference for all the little things you might miss otherwise.  The V&A has an amazing fashion collection, and it’s great to see them share it with the world.

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Yea verily

Yea verily

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wh40khq:

If any orcs escape - no dessert! by Veng1saur

Because when your friends become memes, you reblog that shit!  <3

wh40khq:

If any orcs escape - no dessert! by Veng1saur

Because when your friends become memes, you reblog that shit!  <3


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merimaskdesigns:

Mardi Gras is coming…time for a Merimask giveaway! WIN a chance at the black/gold UNICORN leather mask at the bottom of this picture! FREE STUFF! These are the rules:
1. REBLOG this entry (one reblog per person will suffice…I’m assigning numbers to names)
2. Do not remove this text.
3. Wait to see who wins! I’ll randomly pick one follower who correctly reblogs this image to their page, and that person will get themselves a fabulous, one-of-a-kind mask for Fat Tuesday! The winner has to post a picture of themselves to my page wearing the mask when they get it…it’s only fair to show us all how GREAT you look, so we can throw beads at you.
The winner will be notified on January 31, 2014.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!!

merimaskdesigns:

Mardi Gras is coming…time for a Merimask giveaway! WIN a chance at the black/gold UNICORN leather mask at the bottom of this picture! FREE STUFF! These are the rules:

1. REBLOG this entry (one reblog per person will suffice…I’m assigning numbers to names)

2. Do not remove this text.

3. Wait to see who wins!

I’ll randomly pick one follower who correctly reblogs this image to their page, and that person will get themselves a fabulous, one-of-a-kind mask for Fat Tuesday! The winner has to post a picture of themselves to my page wearing the mask when they get it…it’s only fair to show us all how GREAT you look, so we can throw beads at you.

The winner will be notified on January 31, 2014.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!


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gurafiku:

Japanese Art: Ukiyo-e. Bats Comic. Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi. 1846.

gurafiku:

Japanese Art: Ukiyo-e. Bats Comic. Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi. 1846.


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discardingimages:

I has mowse Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340.
British Library, Add 42130, fol. 190r

discardingimages:

I has mowse 

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340.

British Library, Add 42130, fol. 190r


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startrekmademequeer:

[ding dong, ding dong]

Hello, sir and/or madam! Have you heard the good news?

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Thierry Mugler Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1997: The Chimera Gown

(swoon)


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flightytheotaku:

Trying to find your cosplay after a Con:

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Finding someone else with your cosplay after the same Con:

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Finding someone  else with your cosplay but BETTER after the same Con:

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auric-pauper:

Tell me this is not one of the most motivating demotivating posters you’ve ever seen.

Made by Drakevarg

Edit:  Drakevarg’s druid quote, "The only reason Nature hasn’t wiped your wicked civilization off the map is that you simply aren’t worth the effort. I am not so lenient."


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