The Costumer's Manifesto: Costume Sites on the WWW #1: Favorites Costume Sites on the WWW #1:Favorites

By Tara Maginnis (web author of The Costumer’s Manifesto @160x120.jpg

In future columns I hope to do short reviews or links listson specific costume topics.For thisfirst column I’ll just tell you about my very favorite Costume sites on the netamong the hundreds of good costume related websites:

La CouturiereParisienne@160x120.jpg

By Alexa.Myfavorite costume site, due to it’s flawless design and research.Has costume images of 1400-1939 withparticular emphasis on Rococo Dress, and women’s dress of the late 19th andearly 20th Centuries.Includes lots offree printable scale patterns, and details of period sewing techniques.

The Elizabethan Costume Page

By Drea Leed. The most through,comprehensive, and well designed of a lot of good Renaissance costumepages.Well researched, lots of links,and literally every thing any costume person needs to research and replicateElizabethan dress in an easy to navigate site

L’ Age de’Or: French and English Baroque @160x120.jpg

By N. Kipar. Gorgeous web design, highresearch standards, and lots of images.Most of the second half of the 17th Century, but also bits and links on18th Century, and Medieval costume and reenactment.

The Regency Fashion Page reg3.html@160x120.jpg

By Cathy Decker. One of the largest costumefocused sites on the web, covering not only the English Regency, but the wholelate Georgian era as well, it is the most comprehensive, detailedrepository on a small era (1790-1829) on thenet.

Tempus Peregrinator’s Weeb Site index.html@160x120.jpg

By Ragnar Torfason.Wonderful information on late Medieval andRenaissance Men’s dress, general sewing and costume info, and lots ofinteresting side topics of a “Renaissance Man”.

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By Peggy Dunlap Ladnier.Lots of links, as well as a research libraryof fun stuff, like the Milanese Tailor’s Handbook of 1580, The Handbook ofGerman Dress, and lots of Turn of the Century fashion magazines.

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by Anne Bissonette.Museum site by Kent State University Museumcurator, it has excellent pictures of items in their world class costumecollection, with the sort of well researched commentary you would expect of oneof the leading costume curators in the US.

The Museum of Costume@160x120.jpg

Official site of the Museum of Costume, inthe Assembly Rooms, Bath.Has asearchable database of 18th Century men’s vests.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Collection department.asp?dep=8@160x120.jpg

This most famous American costumecollection only recently got it’s act in gear to make this site, but it hasfinally put a serious number of pictures of it’s collection online.


By Perrin Kliot . Store site with books, needlework and corsetmaterials for costumers, milliners and craftspeople.

Diotoma: Women in the Ancient World no longer working) Edited by RossScaife.A women’s Ancient history sitewith the best information on Ancient Greek & Roman costume.

The ULTIMATE Costuming Site!No longer on the web.] By Tori.Despite the goofy egotism of this site’s title, this site isnonetheless, a very good series of links and articles on Medieval and Ancientdress.

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By Milieux. The biggest purely links site isinvaluable for finding what you want at other sites ASAP.

The Costume Ring hub?ring=costume;list@160x120.jpg;list

The main web ring for costume sites, haslots of great sites all listed in ring form.

Costumer’s Quarterly Com @160x120.jpg

Commercial site selling hard to find costumesupplies, with other good supply links.

Patterns of Time @160x120.jpg

Huge selection of period patterns, andother costume supplies.


Commercial site with very hard to find fabric and notions,especially those needed in the construction of period corsets and hoops.

The Museum for Textiles @160x120.jpg

Museum site for the Textile museum in Ontario.

18th Century Clothing at Colonial Williamsburg

A new site that explains all the basics ofColonial dress to civilians, in an easy to understand fashion, with lots ofnice pictures.

The Greater Bay AreaCostumer’s Guild @160x120.jpg

By Trystan L. Bass.A good example of what an International Costumer’s Guild Chapter siteshould be:links to local stores,member sites, reviews of commercial patterns, lists of local events, and otherhelpful info.

Historic Costuming e-Listhistoric-costuming@160x120.jpg

A popular e-List for posting questions and answers aboutresearching and recreating historic costume.For other costume e-Lists go to


By Braun & Schneider. A complete online reproduction of this important 19thCentury costume history book.Has lotsof detailed information on regional dress in most periods prior to 1860.

Oriental Costumes; Their Designs and Colors, 1922index.html@160x120.jpg

by Max Tilke.Another reproduction of an important book, this one covering thedress of Asia and the Middle east in both pictures and text. The drawingsdepict most costume items flat so that reproducing their pattern is easy.

Celluloid Wrappers: Costume in the Movies@160x120.jpg

by Eleanor M. Farrell.Intelligentarticles on costume design in recent films and TV, with links to related sites.

This really just scratches the surface of good sites outthere, for lots more of them, linked up by category, go to my site:

The Costumer’s Manifesto@160x120.jpg

by Tara Maginnis. Detailed historical sections, especially 18th Century,multiple links pages on very specific topics such as Fans, Costume Patterns,Kink & Fetish Costume, Religious Dress, etc. One of the largest mosteclectic costume sites, with information on a very wide series of topics.

Next month’s column will be devoted to suppliers ofhard to find costume materials.In afuture column I want to focus on clothing related to WWII, including clothesrationing, uniforms, nylon, Zoot Suits, and items relating to theHolocaust.If you have good web linksfor any of these topics, or other topics related to costume, please e-mail meat

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