The Costumer's Manifesto: Costume Sites on the WWW #2: Costume SuppliesBy Tara Maginnis
New web sites with useful supplies for costumers appear daily on the net. This list touches on the ones that really stand out either due to quantity, quality or prices of goods. For more supply links go to my Costume Supply Links Page at
Dancewear & Shoes
Tootsies Dance Shoes http://www.tootsiesdance.com
Has a large colorful selection of dance quality spectators, saddle shoes, Victorian and Western boots.
Comprehensive selection of all the clothing and footwear needs of Swing Dance Revivalists. Zoot suits, cat glasses, scarlet fedoras, seamed hose, and retro bowling shirts, and other items reviving the wilder American Fashion trends from 1935-1955.
Discount Dance Supply http://www.discdance.com
Very large selection of moderately priced dance items like unitards, shoes, dresses and tights, with an emphasis on ballet items.
Fabric & Notions
Palladia Passementeriehttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.palladiapassementerie.com/
Gorgeous woven trimmings at a gorgeous site.
Phoenix Textiles http://store.yahoo.com/phoenixtextiles/
Incredibly cheap fabric in an odd assortment of styles. If you live far from a major metropolitan garment district or mill town with access to cheap bolt ends, this online store brings that kind of discount outlet price to your locale.
Silk Connection http://www.silkconnection.com
Large variety of (mostly undyed) silks at nearly wholesale price. Sells truly obscure silk items like silk for use with ink-jet printers, Burn-out (Devore), and Solid Silk/Rayon Velvets with burnout supplies to make your own Devore patterns.
Dharma Trading Co. http://www.dharmatrading.com
Online source for every dye and fabric paint that can be bought in a bottle or packet. Also cheap silk garments, yardage and dye/paint tools.
An online version of the famous catalog with every obscure sewing gadget known to man.
Hedgehog Handworks http://www.hedgehoghandworks.com
Hard-to-find needlework and costuming supplies for needle workers, costumers, and historical re-enactors. One of the cheapest sites for pre cut corset bones.
A massive searchable selection of obscure costume, millinery, & needlework tools & supplies, corset parts, historic patterns, costume books, and even acid-free boxes & paper for storing antiques.
Milliner Supply & Feathers
Victoria Louise, Mercers http://www.fred.net/stull/victoria.html
Milliner supply company, with trim, feathers, patterns, wire, and other supplies catering to Victorian reenactors who make their own costumes, and antique collectors doing restoration on hats.
American Feathers and Feather Products MOVED
Large wholesale and retail priced selection of all possible feather items for costuming.
Vintage Feathers broken link
Vintage ready-made feather hat trims from the 1930s-40s. Unusual stuff.
Freds Hat Blocks http://users.erols.com/fjraab
Custom order and ready-made hat blocks in an assortment of styles.
Patterns Patterns of Time http://www.patternsoftime.com/
. Site is rather hard to navigate and ugly, but has a huge selection of period patterns, and other costume supplies.
Harper House http://www.longago.com
Another rather unattractively designed page, easier to navigate than the above, and having nearly (but not quite) as many patterns of all eras.
Rusty Zipper Vintage Clothing http://rustyzipper.highspeedweb.net/index.cfm
Sells Vintage patterns and clothing, with particular strength in 1950s-1970s. Searchable database of their patterns.
The Renaissance Tailor http://www.vertetsable.com
Has free copies of several Late 16th & early 17th Century Tailors pattern books online, with instructions on how to translate the patterns to actual garments.
Sean James Garment Racks MOVED
Heavy duty commercially built garment racks in all sizes.
Fabulous Fit Dress Forms http://www.fabulousfit.com/
Sells traditional costume shop dress forms as well as their own custom-fit discount model that can change size and shape with pads.
Cyberform Dress Forms http://www.cyberform.com
Dress forms with an assortment of design innovations. Will make custom form shapes for you with a computer scan.
The Costume Computer Software Consortium http://www.costumerseye.com/ccsc.html
Sells several different costume related pieces of software, for patterning, inventory, and wardrobe management.
Underwear & Corset Stuff
Has very hard to find fabric and notions, especially those needed in the construction of period corsets and hoops. Prices in Canadian dollars!
Custom Corset Pattern Generator MOVED Completely free online pattern generator that does an Elizabethan Corset pattern to your measurements.
Laughing Moon Mercantile http://www.lafnmoon.com
A small pattern company that puts out only five patterns, all late Victorian. However, their pattern for Victorian Underwear is the best offered by any company, and includes TWO corset patterns, a chemise and divided drawers, in all sizes 6-26 in a single $12 pattern.
Grannd Garb: Corset Notions Page http://GranndGarb.com/page3.shtml
Lots of obscure corset notions, on a page on a larger Costume Supply site.
Shadowalkers Armor and Accoutrements MOVED
If it is made of chain mail. These guys have it.
Starr Fayrie Faes Wings http://www.fairywings.com/
Reasonably priced ready made insect style wings in a variety of sizes and patterns.
Wigs & Makeup
Best Wig (aka European Wigs) http://www.bestwig.com
Low priced costume and street quality wigs, good selection, reasonable shipping costs.
Fun n Folly Wig Index http://www.funfolly.com/h/indxwigs.htm#indxwigstop
Part of a general Halloween/party store with lots of very inexpensive costume wigs.
Would You Believe? and AAA Costume: Ben Nye Catalog Online http://www.wyb.com/bn_intro.htm
Has the complete line of Ben Nye makeup on sale, with pictures of all items from the catalog, so you are sure about what it is you are buying.
Graftobian Makeup http://www.graftobian.com
Official site of The Graftobian line of makeup, which includes lots of unusual items and kits like pre made Beast foam latex face pieces, Trauma Kits for disaster training, neon colored hair gels, and five different types of stage blood.
Men's Hair Replacement Workshop http://www.mhrw.com/catalog.html
Sells toupee making supplies and other useful hair and wig products.
The Future of the World is in Kinky People!: Next quarters column will be devoted to neat costume recourses that can now be found due to the expansion of fetish clothing suppliers and sites on the net. Learn where to get complete free instructions on making a Victorian corset, and where to buy thigh high black patent platform boots in a size 14 for $39.99. In a future column I want to focus on clothing related to WWII, including clothes rationing, uniforms, nylon, Zoot Suits, and items relating to the Holocaust. If you have good web links for any of these topics, or other topics related to costume, please e-mail me at
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