Costumes, antique and national costumes, costume history


Edwardian dressCostume, antique and national costumes: a list of top websites
Costume history, theatre costume, folk and national; Vestuario; Kost


The Costume Gallery Research Library
Research by time and topic. Ladies journals, articles, historical images, Edwardian and Victorian photographs.


Blogs on Halloween costumes *

Costumes blog top list.

Costume idea blog


Chinese costume *

Chinese clothing, a Wikipedia entry.
Chinese clothing, ancient and modern.

The Costume Page
Links to the history of costumes and fashion. Ethnic costume, museums, military costume, theatrical costume, the Costume WebRing.

Metropolitan Museum of Art costume collection.

The Costume Society of America
The Costume Society of America advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance. We work to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of costume.


Hats *

Hats and Hair Fashion History Index


Edwardian and Victorian costumes. Vintage photographs.

Elizabethan and Renaissance costume websites. 


Folk costumes *

Folk costumes of the world. 
Ethnic, traditional costumes from Africa, India, Europe, Asia, America, Middle East.

National costumes. Wikipedia entries.

Georgian and Regency fashion *

Georgian/Regency Fashion, an image gallery from Pinterest.


Harlequin and Commedia dell’Arte *


La Commedia dell’Arte

History of costume *

The Costumebase
Access to over 3500 pictures that depict period costume, fabrics and fashionaccessories.This site is all about period costume, from the Middle Ages up to the early 20th century. Access 4000 costume pictures through a database, read one of hundreds of articles, or download some authentic period patterns.

Fashion History
Pauline Weston Thomas and Guy Thomas place costume alongside the social history of an era, focusing on fashion from 1800. Includes undergarments, haute couture and British royal fashion.

Milieux. The Costume Site. The history of costume around the world.
Costume museums, costume research, costume images.

Costume Designers Guild
This union represents costume designers and illustrators working in the film and television industry. The website includes a membership directory, a gallery with photographs and drawings of members’ work, and information about awards and events. Visitors can click on the CDG Magazine link to view PDFs of The Costume Designer, the organization’s quarterly magazine.

Costume Society of America
The CSA is a scholarly organization that “advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance.” The society publishes the journal Dress. Visitors will find information about job openings, grants and awards. A list of members provides links to a number of historic clothing related services.

Demode: Real Women’s Clothing, 1600-1919
Browse by date and then clothing type.

European Textile Network
The European Textile Network (ETN) is a nonprofit network of textile artists, cultural heritage institutions and educational institutions with the aim to “develop European co-operation in the field of textile culture.”

Fashion Design History Collection at the Kellen Archives Center
Over 1,500 fashion design sketches from the archival collections of Claire McCardell, Norman Norell and Mildred Orrick, documenting the history of 20th century American Fashion. ”

Fashion Plate Collection, University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collections
A digital collection of over 400 fashion plates dating 1806-1914.

Two centuries of women’s costume history, a directory organized by time period, clothing type and subject matter.

Global Denim Project
Articles and essays highlight many aspects of denim from historical, sociological, anthropological and economic perspectives.

Godey’s Lady’s Book
This website provides highlights from Godey’s Lady’s Book from 1855 to 1858 and three complete issues of Godey’s Lady’s Book for 1855.

Motley Collection of Theatre & Costume Design
Over 5000 pieces including costume and set designs. The collection documents 150 productions of Shakespeare and modern classics dating from 1932 to 1976, staged in England and the United States.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Screen Search Fashion, Royal College of Art and Screen Archive South East, England

The Costume Page
This links site is broadly divided by topic and includes links to reference works and museums, costume history, historic topics and ethnic and folk costumes.

The Costume Society (UK)
The Costume Society publishes the Costume Society Journal.

The History of Costume by Braun & Schneider
Digital images of costume plates from the book, The History of Costume (Zur Geschichte der Kostume).

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
A number of textile and clothing related topics including the Helen Louise Allen Textile collection and the Human Ecology collection which includes millinery, dressmaking, clothing and costume images from the first half of the 20th century.

Timelines *

The Timeline of Costume History

Vintage Sewing Patterns Wiki
Search by time period (decade and individual year), garment type, pattern company and even well-known designers.

Medieval costumes, a web directory.

National costumes. Wikipedia entries.

Periods in costume design. 
Open Directory Project

La Couturière Parisienne
This site is all about period costume, from the Middle Ages up to the early 20th century. Access 4000 costume pictures through a database, read one of hundreds of articles, or download some authentic period patterns.

Victorian fashion history.


Indian costume *

The traditional costumes of India.

International Costumers’ Guild, Inc.
The International Costumers’ Guild, Inc. is an affiliation of amateur, hobbyist and professional costumers dedicated to the promotion and education of costuming as an art form in all its aspects.

International Textile and Apparel Association
ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators,  and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.


Japanese costume *

The Kimono

The Kimono, Wikipedia entry.

Victoria and Albert Museum kimono collection.

The Kimono, information, history and samples.

Pinterest gallery of japanese kimonos.

Journals *

Fashion Theory

Journal of the Costume Society of Great Britain.

Journal of the Costume Society of America.


Masks *

Mask Arts
Theatre masks, film production masks, commedia masks. NewYork

The Venetian mask, Wikipedia entry.

Middle Ages/Medieval costume *

Clothing in the Middle Ages

Medieval costume, Wikipedia entry.

Medieval costumes, a web directory.

Middle Eastern, Levantine costume *

Costumes of the Levant

Dance costume. Belly Dancing

Middle Eastern Dance Co


Milieux. The Costume Site. The history of costume around the world.
Costume museums, costume research, costume images. 

Museums *

Museum of the City of New York Costume Collection

The Museum of Costume, Bath, U.K. 

Victoria and Albert Museum costume collection.

National costumes *

National costumes. Wikipedia entries.

Regency costumes *

Notes and illustrations on Regency clothing styles.

1795–1820 in Western fashion. Wikipedia entry.

Regency Fashion 1795-1820 919 Pins. Images from Pinterest

Regency Men’s Fashion – 1810-1819. Images from Pinterest

Theatre costume *

Motley Collection of Theatre & Costume Design
The Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design is a valuable source of documentation on the history of theatre.

Theatrical Costume
Costuming Resources Online. The Study of Costume – Stage, Screen, Dance, & Fantasy.

Theatre Costume and Theatre Links. The Costumer’s Manifesto
Deirdre Clancy’s ‘A Brief History of Costume in the Theatre’.

Victorian costume and fashion *

Victorian fashion Wikipedia entry.

Victorian Costume
An informaton site on Victorian costume.

20,000 Years of Fashion is a definitive study of mankind's efforts to cover, decorate, and improve the appearance of the human body. 1, 188 illustrations, including 356 plates in full color
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Costume and Fashion: A Concise History (World of Art) (Paperback)

By (author): James Laver, Amy de la Haye, Andrew Tucker

\The vagaries of fashion throughout the ages are a source of endless interest, not only as indication of our infinite capacity for invention, but also because of the relationship of costume to shifting cultural patterns. Laver presents in this classic study the underlying motives of fashion as well as a survey of the history of costume. He describes the means which have been adopted to satisfy the three functions of clothes: protection, expression of the personality by sartorial display, and attractiveness to others. The momentous invention of the needle (some 40,000 years ago), making possible the sewing together of pelts, and the subsequent introduction of weaving, launched the development of costume as we know it. All the major historical landmarks -- the Renaissance, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the emancipation of women, the two world wars -- wrought profound changes in attitudes to dress: with matchless skill and panache Laver related the development of costume and fashion to these social changes. A new final chapter by Christina Probert brings the history up to the present day [sic] with a detailed discussion of the enormous variety of postwar styles, including the New Look, the mini, and punk-influenced clothes. James Laver (1899-1975) was keeper of the Departments of Prints and Drawings and of Paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from 1938 until 1959. He was also an important and pioneering fashion historian described as “the man in England who made the study of costume respectable”. Laver is perhaps best remembered for his contributions to the field of fashion history, an interest in which emerged through a desire to date images accurately through the clothing depicted within. Laver defined the relationships between dress design and other applied arts, and discussed the influence of economic and social factors upon the development of fashionable taste.
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Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet's Le Costume Historique was the most wide-ranging and intelligent study of clothing ever published. Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through the end of the 19th century, the great work -- ""consolidated"" in 1888 into 6 volumes containing nearly 500 plates -- remains, to this day, completely unique in its scope and detail. Racinet's organization by culture and subject has been preserved in TASCHEN's magnificent and complete reprint, as have excerpts from his delightful descriptions and often witty comments. Perusing these beautifully detailed and exquisitely colored illustrations, you'll discover everything from the garb of ancient Etruscans to traditional Eskimo attire to 19th century French women's couture. Though Racinet's study spans the globe from ancient times through his own, his focus is on European clothing from the Middle Ages to the 1880s and this subject is treated with exceeding passion and attention to detail. Costume History is an absolutely invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; it is also an immensely fascinating and inspirational book for anyone with an interest in clothing and style. al text (2500 manuscript pages) in French and German, as well as all plates and details in the form of high resolution image files which are free of rights and can be used for any creative project.

Part I The Ancient World (Egypt, Assyria, Israel, Persia and Phrygia, Greece, Etruscan, Greco-Roman, Rome, Barbarian Europe, Celts and Gauls)
Part II 19th CenturyAntique Civilizations (Oceania, Africa, Eskimos, North American Indians, Mexican Indians, South American Indians, China, Japan, India, Ceylon, Middle East, Orient, Turkey)
Part III Europe from Byzantium to the 1800s (Byzantium, France-Byzantine, Poland, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, England, Holland)
Part IV Traditional costumes of the 1880s (Scandinavia, Holland, Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France)

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A History from the 18th to the 20th Century
Clothes define people. A person’s clothing, whether it’s a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential key to his or her culture, class, personality, or even religion. The Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically. Founded in 1978, the KCI holds one of the world’s most extensive clothing collections and has curated many exhibitions worldwide. With an emphasis on Western women’s clothing, the KCI has amassed a wide range of historical garments, underwear, shoes, and fashion accessories dating from the 18th century to the present day.

Showcasing a vast selection from the Institute’s archives of skilled photographs depicting the clothing expertly displayed and arranged on custom-made mannequins, Fashion History is a fascinating excursion through the last three centuries of clothing trends. The KCI believes that "clothing is an essential manifestation of our very being" and their passion and dedication positively radiate from every page of this book.

This special 25th anniversary edition has a chic new format: two volumes packaged in a slipcase.
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