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In the course of business with creative people all over the US, and while hangin' ten on the Net, we have collected a variety of excellent resources and interesting links.

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SITES WITH GRAPHICS RELATED TO HISTORICAL APPAREL

The ULTIMATE listing
of links to Museum Websites containing lots of pictures and costume research search engines.
http://www.costumes.org/pages/museelnx.htm

History of Costume by Braun and Schnieder
http://www.siue.edu/COSTUMES/history.html

Very Striped Particolour Hose
http://www.siue.edu/COSTUMES/PLATE37CX.HTML
Plate #37c - First Third of the Sixteenth Century - Germany
German Soldiers - Mountaineers

The Louvre, paintings, portraits
http://mistral.enst.fr/wm/
Very busy, use late at night.


SITES WITH COSTUMING INFO AND HISTORICAL REFERENCES

Costumer's Manifesto
http://www.costumes.org
An unbelievably rich resource for costumers. Too much here to list. Must see for yourself. Don't miss this one.

The Costume Site
http://milieux.com/costume/
This is a page that provides a large number of resources and links for costumers and those looking for help with their costumes.

Costume Page
http://members.aol.com/nebula5/costume.html
The Costume Page is an ever-expanding list of costume and costuming-related links, for the benefit of those who make and/or study costumes: costumers, students, historical re enactors, science fiction fans, dancers, theatrical costumers, and those interested in fashion, textile art, and costume history.

Make an Authentice Farthingale
http://www.dnaco.net/~aleed/corsets/farthingale/period.html

Costume Shop Safety
http://www.costumes.org/pages/shop.htm
A page at the costumer's manifesto. Very valuable information on substituting non-toxic, and less-toxic substances for the more "lethal" ones.

Victoriana Page
http://www.victoriana.com/cost.html

  • Victorian Costumes and Accessories
  • Antique Costume Sources
  • Restoration
  • Reproduction Costumes
  • Magazines
  • Clubs & Associations
  • Magazines, Newsletters
  • Reference Books
  • Victoriana Library

International Costumers Guild
http://www.costume.org
Info on local chapters, costume cons, other events, links to costumer pages.

A Clean Well Lighted Place for Books, costume books page.
http://www.bookstore.com/fash1.html

R.L. Shep costume book publishers
http://www.mcn.org/e/fsbks/
The best resource for hard to find books on historical dress, textiles, and social manners.

SCA Home Page
http://www.sca.org/
Society for Creative Anachronism.

Tudor Times
http://www.tudortimes.com
Fun and fascinating site, very informational, re: renaissance re-enactment.


COSTUME SUPPLIES, PATTERNS, CUSTOM MADE COSTUMES, AND READY-MADE COSTUMES.

WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO PATRONIZE ONE OR MORE OF THESE WONDERFUL INDEPENDENT COSTUME SUPPLIERS, RATHER THAN A BIG CHAIN STORE. YOU'LL GET BETTER SERVICE, BETTER PRODUCTS, AND, THUS, BETTER VALUE FOR YOUR DOLLAR.

National Costumers Association
http://www.costumers.org/members.html
This is a great page that contains a list, by state, of Independent Costume Rental and Sales houses throughout the U.S. USE IT TO FIND A COSTUME RENTAL AND SUPPLY HOUSE NEAR YOU. NCA members are not chain stores, but independently owned shops that make, sell, and rent costumes. They will provide you with personalized customer service and a huge selection of wonderful costumes from which to choose.

Chivalry Sports Renaissance Store
http://www.renstore.com
Just about every kind of ready-made medieval or renaissance historical costume or costume piece you can imagine, including shirts, bodices, trousers, hats, gloves, boots, swords, tableware, and more, peasant to noble. Also books, patterns, jewelry, too much to list here. Just GO THERE! You won't regret it.

Alter Years
http://www.alteryears.com
Catalogue offering: Historical, Ethnic, Dance & Specialty Patterns, Costume Reference Books, Supplies, Accessories, & Underpinnings A huge catalog selection of historical, ethnic, and specialty patterns: Over 1200 patterns from 40 different sources. Choose Medieval, Renaissance, Georgian, Revolutionary War, Frontier, Regency, Victorian, Civil War, Edwardian, 1900-1950s plus folk/ethnic, Middle Eastern, square dance, riding, modern Western, wearable art, millinery and more.

Moirandals
http://members.aol.com/randwhit/moirandall.html
Historically inspired costume items, original clothing patterns, even more links to costuming sites, including regional costuming guilds all over the world.

Ana's Accoutrements
http://www.sewfits.com
Ana makes custom costumes for ALL sized clients, from petite to XXXL. She specializes in costumes for re-enactors of all periods in history, as well as ensembles for fantasy and role playing games.

Performance Design Studio
http://www.performanceds.com
Custom made costumes.

Renaissance Ribbons
http://www.renaissanceribbons.com
Gorgeous trim for your noble attire.

Abisinthe and Old Lace
http://www.angelfire.com/biz/halycon/
Custom made corsets, bras, longlines, garters, kilts, shirts, other costume pieces. Absinthe and Old Lace will: Dye and decorate a vintage item to your specifications, search for vintage items given size and style criteria (a picture works best), alter or copy vintage pieces.

Threads of Time
http://www.ThreadsOfTime.com
"Period inspired" clothing with celtic knotwork.

Farthingales
http://www.farthingales.on.ca/home.htm
Fabrics prepared for dyeing and painting, including cottons and silks. Discharge and dissolve fabrics for creating unique "cut velvet" and hand painted effects. Stretch fabrics in white and flesh colours (eventually black as well)

  • Cottons and Muslins
  • Coutil & Corset fabric
  • Crin trim and nettings
  • Linens
A selection of shirtings including "sea island" and "egyptian" cotton. Metal products, spiral bones, and traditional thread-covered hoop steel. Various steel bones and tipping fluid. A newly patented plastic bone with the properties of steel, but "rust proof." Cable cord, french belting, corset lacing, and "shrink tips." Push-up pads and some needle-punch shoulder pads. In future we will be supplying a line of professional dyes and fabric paints.

Lady & The Fool
http://www.fantasycostume.net/renaissance/index.html
Fine Clothing and Tailor Shop Simple, well-made peasant's clothing, hats, children's clothing.

The Costume Salon
http://www.costumesalon.com
High quality costumes for all occasions, all periods. Sell, rent or lease. Unique, durable, functional, cleanable. Commissions, custom designs, mascots.

Sunara's Clothing and Accessories
http://www.sunara.com
Provides quality period costume for the medieval, renaissance to fur trade era reenactor of all sizes (to 4x) based on written and pictoral history and designed by Sunara for comfort and great looks.

Arms of Valor
http://www.armsofvalor.com
Sells swords, armor, shields, and other weaponry of the past.


COSTUME RENTAL HOUSES

Past Pleasures Future Fantasies Costume Rentals
A theatrical costume rental studio supplying educational institutions as well as small semi-professional drama, opera and musical theatre groups. Their specialty is with productions using period themes prior to 1950 or using ethnic influences.

5625 State Farm Drive #13
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
707-584-4660

The Costume Salon
http://www.costumesalon.com
High quality costumes for all occasions, all periods. Sell, rent or lease. Unique, durable, functional, cleanable. Commissions, custom designs, mascots.

To Rent the hard-to-find costume or to rent costumes for really, really big productions try:

Western Costume
11041 Vanowen Street
North Hollywood, CA 91605
818-760-0900


SHOES

Shrader Bootmaker
Expert bootmaking, all styles, reasonable prices, top notch work, measurments through the mail. John loves unusual projects. Contact: John Caulder, 1508 San Anselmo Blvd., San Anselmo, CA 94960 (415)459-6576

Sodhoppers Custom Footwear
http://www.sodhoppers.com
This is a crosslink with an excellent leather shoe and bootmaker who caters to the re-enactment crowd.

Dreamshoes
http://www.dreamshoes.com
Handmade ready-to-wear leather shoes.

Montana Leatherworks
Theatrical footwear and accessories Custom made shoes of any design or period, even futuristic. No website. Call for info: 212-431-4015 47 Greene Street, New York, NY, 10013.

Medieval Moccasins
Good, all-purpose lace up sandals and boots. No website. Call toll free 1-877-726-9593 195 Renfair Drive, Plantersville, TX 77363


MISCELLANEOUS

Renaissance Central
http://www.RenaissanceCentral.com

  • fair listings
  • chat rooms
  • recipes
  • costumes
  • weddings
  • memorials
  • entertainment
  • featured articles departments
  • much, much more.

University of Alaska Theatre Dept
http://zorba.uafadm.alaska.edu/theatre/index.html
Looking for a great place to get your degree in Costuming? Thinking of a liberal arts college? Check out the University of Alaska theatre dept.

USITT Website
http://www.usitt.org
United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. is the American Association of Design and Production Professionals in the Performing Arts. The mission of the Institute is to actively promote the advancement of knowledge and skills of its members and to facilitate communication among individuals and organizations engaged in all aspects of design and production in the performing arts.

Themed Entertainment Association
http://www.teaonline.org
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) was formed in 1991 by and for companies and individuals who supply specialized services and custom products to the Themed Entertainment, Leisure, Recreation, Retail, Resort and Restaurant Industries worldwide.

The Royal Chessman
http://www.royalchessmen.com
The Royal Chessmen is an acting troupe for hire which portrays the life of another time through character interaction, staged combat, and living chess games. From King Arthur's Round Table to Blackbeard's pirate ship, they span the ages. The perfomance groups, refered to as Houses, associated with the Royal Chessman include:

  • Celtic House
  • Children of the Hawk
  • House of Runes Cast Order of the Black Rose
  • Order of the Griffin
  • Thorns of the Rose
  • Troupe du Jour

The Guild of St. George
http://guildofstgeorge.com
The Guilds of St. George are two of several troupes of actors that come together to perform at the Renaissance Pleasure Faires in California. It is our job to portray the lords, ladies, gentlemen, and other personalities that make up the Court of England's Queen Elizabeth I. While playing actual historical characters of Elizabethan England, we entertain and, we hope, enrich the large audience at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire with improvisational vignettes and one-on-one interaction. This Web site is maintained to provide news, information, and related reference material to the members of The Guilds of St. George, California and other interested parties.

Renaissance Magazine
A beautiful, full color magazine that has become a collector's item. Extremely well-written articles of historical interest, lots of information on upcoming events, films, music, and news related to history of Renaissance and Medieval Europe. Also a great resource for fine vendors of costumes, books, music, entertainment, and much, much more. This magazine is very professionally edited, laid out, and produced. Worth much more than the subscription price. To subscribe, send your name, address, and phone number, along with $17.00 for a one year subscription, or $32.00 for two a year subscription, to the address below. They accept payment by credit card, as well.

Renaissance Magazine
13 Appleton Rd.
Nantucket, MA 02554-2705
508-325-0411
FAX 508-325-5992
E-mail renZine@aol.com
The Renaissance Herald
http://www.renaissanceinfo.com
Published quarterly since 1990 by Crossroads Renaissance Publications. Editors: Tom Wilson and Pat Wilson. Circulation 16,000, (with many copies passed around and shared). Subscriptions: $6.00/yr. first class mail, $9.00/5 yrs. standard class mail. To subscribe send check with your mailing address to:
PO Box 1959
Corona, CA 92878-1959

Phone 800-320-4736
FAX 909-490-0040
E-mail: renmail@renaissanceinfo.com
Advertisements accepted

Many excellent costumers and costume suppliers advertise their wares in this publication, including many of the industry's foremost ARMOURERS and SWORDSMITHS, BELLY DANCE and MIDDLE EASTERN PARAPHERNALIA suppliers, and suppliers of NOTIONS AND PATTERNS FOR HISTORICAL COSTUME. Also available, CELTIC and MIDDLE EASTERN MUSIC, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, "PERIOD" MUSICIANS and other "HISTORICAL" ENTERTAINERS for hire, (including real jousters!), tent and pavilion makers, makers of authentic English, Irish, and Scottish FOOTWEAR, and a listing of Renaissance and other historical re-enactment events throughout the US. Also articles on many subjects related to history and its re-enactment. One can even find here makers of wares that make excellent THEATRICAL PROPS!

New England Entertainment Digest Vendor's Page
http://www.ultranet.com/~jacneed/costumes.html
A large list of links to costume and theatrical supply vendor web sites, many not listed on our link page.

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