Silk Routes Symposium 2023

A group of POC (people of color), who also happen to be historical costumers, have assembled and are planning a virtual symposium for early 2023. The theme, Silk Routes, is tentative and will be finalized after consultation with costumers who will be teaching for the event. Bookmark this page and also the Instagram account @costumersofcolor … More Silk Routes Symposium 2023


Feminine dress of the 15th century: Emilia-Romagna & Veneto

Two words: side-laced (actually one word)!. This is my new thing, as front-laced gowns do not look that flattering on me. I’ve been looking for information on female dress in the late 15th-century in both Emilia-Romagna and the Veneto. Ferrara is one of my favorite cities, but nearby cities of Rimini, Mantova, and Venice would help … More Feminine dress of the 15th century: Emilia-Romagna & Veneto

Caterina Sforza – Daughter of Perdition

Raucous Royal Reblog: Raucous Royal of the Month, Caterina Sforza: Daughter of Perdition  From “…more is always said then the real truth” – Caterina Sforza On August 1483, the 21 year old Caterina Sforza rode up to the Castel Sant’ Angelo as shouts of “Duca! Duca!” cut through the stifling heat. Clad in a green satin … More Caterina Sforza – Daughter of Perdition

Interview With Paola Fabbri: Expert in Historical Tailoring

  I want to take a moment to thank Signora Fabbri for agreeing to this interview. For those of us on the west side of the Atlantic, this may be the first time a modern historian of the clothing worn in 14th and 15th centuries enters into a dialogue with a living history organization. Signora Fabbri is … More Interview With Paola Fabbri: Expert in Historical Tailoring

Repost: 16th Century Drawn Thread Handkerchief By Genoveva von Lubeck Drawn thread work likely began in the 16th century and was popular in Italy, Germany, Sweden, and England. I discovered it while researching pleated aprons and I theorize that some German aprons utilized drawn thread techniques based on imagery. Drawn thread work can be seen in a simple form on … More Repost: 16th Century Drawn Thread Handkerchief     

Roman Clothing

So now that temperatures mimicking the seventh level of Hades are approaching I thought it might be a grand time to talk about Roman clothing. Done correctly, it is still several layers of foolishness… but if those layers are lightweight linen you’ll fare better in 95 degree weather with 70% humidity. #avoidheatstrokeifyoucan For my basic … More Roman Clothing