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These are web sites, e-mail addresses, surface mail addresses,etc, of interest to the costumer and reenactor.
Inclusion on this list does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the products or services of any company or organization. The sites just looked cool or their webmasters asked nicely. I've done business with some of these organizations, but not most.
Click on the highlighted text to visit the site or write down the URL and access the site on your own.
If you know of another cool costume-related site, please e-mail me
I can add it
to the list. If one of the sites has moved or gone away, please let me
know so I can make corrections.
Costume Information and Research Sites
Costume Dealers, Books, and Supplies
Costume-Related Clubs and Organizations
The International Costume Guild
Costume-Related Magazines and Publications
Site is a
site maintained by Lauren Podolak containing links to a tremendous
of other sites of interest to the costumer. These include supply
museum image galleries, and how-to instructions for a variety of
by Julie Zetterberg, is an ever-expanding list of costume and
links for the benefit of those who make and/or study costumes.
Regency Costume Companion by David and Jessamyn Reeves-Brown. "Want
to create a Regency costume? Desirous of dressing like a character from
a novel by Jane Austen? Do you do period dancing or own a period home
which you wish to coordinate? Jessamyn's Regency Costume Companion is a
collection of information, ideas, pattern tips, and images."
Sew City "Your
for all sewing and related information." Includes links to most major
manufacturers, a chat room, and many other worthwhile features.
merchants can purchase banner advertising.
Center is operated by Crossroads Renaissance Publications &
Productions, the same people who bring you Renaissance Herald
and run several faires in the western US. This site has the most
set of renaissance faire links I have seen, including event calendars,
merchants, craftsmen, and re-creation societies.
in Franklin, North Carolina represents the US branch of the Scottish
Tartans Society. Their web site features a Virtual Museum Tour that
narrates the history of Scottish costume (accurate history, not
"Braveheart"), the Tartans, and the role of Scots-Americans in the
history of North Carolina. Interesting pieces in the museum include the
oldest existing civilian kilt and a kilt from the film, "Brigadoon."
The gift shop has tailored kilts and tartan fabric by the yard in
most of the known setts.
The Costumer's Manifesto by
McGinnis, Ph.D. includes costume history information and a bazillion
to information, garment, pattern, and supply sources. There is even
X-Men fan fiction. This is the anchor site for The Costume Ring,
also operated by Dr. McGinnis.
Note to people who type the addresses by hand: This URL is very similar to that of The International Costume Guild at www.costume.org.
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Alteryears For The Costumer is an excellent source of unusual historical clothing patterns (including the Randwulf's line) and hard-to-find corsetting supplies. Visit their web site at www.alteryears.com. The web site shows only a portion of the available publications, emphasizing Alteryears' own line of historical clothing patterns. Send away for the full-size paper catalog to see the rest.
Randall Whitlock's idiosyncratic commercial page features the
line of original sewing patterns for the medieval/renaissance/highland
enthusiast, and even an item or two for model rocketeers who sew.
House of Dra
and linked online catalog offers solid renaissance faire garb. Choose
ready made, or have them custom designed and fitted. The garments are
made using 100 percent natural cottons and silks.
offers specialty hosiery for medieval/renaissance re-creationists and
The basic material is a substantial cotton-lycra, not the plastic-like
stuff you find in ordinary dancewear stores. Innovative designs include
tights with built-in codpieces, XXL sizes, and striped Landsknect
offers old fashioned Halloween costume and supply.
Custom medieval footwear made from a cast of your foot using top-grain
buffalo hide. Order online from their web site. They'll send you a
which demonstrates how to make a cast of your foot.
pattern books on historical costume, particularly turn-of-the-(20th)
styles. The web site also includes links to other historical costume
offers a wide selection of intricate trims at reasonable prices. The
includes a search engine which locates trims by color, width, or price
range. The trims are illustrated with magnified color photos.
is a bookseller specializing in publications about ceramic arts and
There is an extensive links section for ceramic sources, doll-making
and doll clothing resources.
makes most excellent leather doublets and bodices. If you have visited
renfaires in the western US, you have probably seen their work.
is an online antique dealer specializing in items from the Roman
Middle Ages, and Renaissance periods, along with many other interesting
times. The site includes an extensive links list.
Patterns of Time
Guide for the Complete Costumer, offers a wide variety of historical
patterns from small-run publishers (including my Randwulf's line),
as well as clasps and other costume accessories, custom and
renaissance costumes. The web site features a clever search engine
finds patterns by key word.
Lion Import Shop
Scottish and Irish gift items. Scottish Lion is a reliable source for
of highland dress, including kilts, jackets, sporrans, jabots, bonnets,
and tartan fabric. Look for a full-color rendering of your family
using an alphabetical search engine.
The Ring Lord
Jon Daniels (HL Tarquyn of Sergontium) offers chainmail making supplies, including rings, coils, wire, weaves, tools and some finished mail items. A best price policy on rings is proclaimed. The Ring Lord also maintains a SCA Merchants Page featuring businesses whose products are of particular interest to medieval recreationists. http://www.theringlord.com/sca/merchants
Bloomers 4 U
Whether you wear them as historical underwear or as colorful modern puffy pants, this is Your Source 4 Bloomers. http://www.bloomers4u.com
YaTaHai Beads &
Sparrowhawk makes buckskin clothing and a variety of moccassins and moccassin patterns. Visit her store in Tacoma or her web site at www.yatahai.com
Xcentricities by Ynhared
Victorian-Inspired corsetry and fashion for any body
Leather and Lace
All sorts of leather clothing and accessories at discount prices, including jackets, motorcycle wear, corsets, exotic dresses in all sizes. Free shipping
Celtic-inspired jewelry, mugs, statuary, ornaments, and clothing. Sewing patterns including the Randwulf's and Folkwear lines. You can download the full catalog from the site as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file.
B Coole Designs
Eclectic period costumes, cotton blend ladies and childrens knitwear, cotton diapers, cotton women's healthcare products, How-To articles on hats and turbans for hair loss.
Based in San Rafael, California. Fiber art supplies and clothing blanks since 1969. Famous for their line of fiber-reactive dyes.
Big Daddy's Gypsy Caravan is an online fabric store and renaissance fabric, vestment brocade supplier. They fabric by the yard and at discount and wholesale prices. Cotton fabric, polyester fabric, brocade fabric, velvet fabric, wool fabric, linen fabric, satin fabric, vestment brocade, liturgical brocade, ecclesiastical brocade, hemp fabric, SCA trim, renaissance and medieval trim. They also offer do-it-yourself items, such as studs and leather stamp set tools.
This company features a wide variety of ready-to-wear medieval, renaissance and pirate garb; swords and helmets. The garb makes extensive use of velvets and viscose rayon. The swords are modeled after those from recent adventurous films. Prices are can be quoted in a variety of world currencies.
Fine Renaissance clothing including Bodices, skirts, dresses, waist cinchers, capes, doublets, pants, and vests for all ages. All handmade in the USA.
Mardis Gras Costume Shop
A family owned and run, theater quality costume shop at 5895 North Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250.
Evening bags and purses, hats, gloves, shawls, hair accessories, jewelry, belts, fashions, clothing, lingerie, shoes and costumes including pets and children. Items are offered at discount prices and shipping is one fee no matter how many items are purchased.
The Celtic Croft (Kilts-N-Stuff)
The Celtic Croft, a leading kilt clothing company provides extensive collection of Scottish kilts, Irish kilts, Welsh kilts, and other stylish kilts stuff etc at affordable prices. They also provide different style of Scottish tartans and blankets, bodhran, tartan fabrics, highland accessories and other quality celtic products.
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The Central Arizona
Fiction Society (CASFS) is the host of the annual Coppercon
Science Fiction Convention.
also publishes the webzine CONNOTATIONS ONLINE and hosts a monthly book
discussion group at Bent Cover Books in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit their
Leprecon is one
three annual fan-run science fiction conventions. The emphasis is on
art of SF and Fantasy. The convention is held every May.
TusCon is the
central Arizona's trilogy of annual fan-run science fiction
The convention is held every November in Tucson, Arizona.
The Society for Creative
(SCA) is the world's largest medieval re-creation society. From their
page you can explore heraldic archives or link over to the home pages
the member kingdoms baronies, and shires. Included also is a Virtual
Row with links to a variety of medievally oriented companies.
The Adrian Empire
re-creation society whose members are esteemed for their skill at
Combat in a variety of forms, as well as the arts and sciences. These
web sites offer a general introduction to Adria, its customs, and hints
for the newcomer. I've had trouble with these links before,
they work, sometimes they don't.
The Estrella War
For Creative Anachronism's annual gathering near Florence, Arizona. The
event, held every year on Presidents Day Weekend
(and the preceding several days), includes large-scale medieval
arts and sciences demonstrations, and a Merchants Row to rival any
The Dark Ones is
formed for the expression and exploration of various cultural themes
but not limited to, the Dark Ages and the Renaissance through forms of
art including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, writing,
spoken word, and acts of characterization. The monthly Phoenix-area
are good too.
Arizona's premiere hobby community is a site for persons interested in
all manner of special hobbies, including (so far) animation, manga,
card collecting, movies, fitness, and cosplay. Features include
discussion forums, news, contests, an events calendar with links to
many local cons, and movie/game/comics reviews.
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is a clearinghouse for those interested in pirates, privateers and
nautical history. Visit their web site for sample articles, links to
with a buccaneerish bent, a Pirate Movie Guide, Book Reviews, links to
Pirate Re-Creation organizations, and of course information on how to
to No Quarter Given magazine.
Renaissance Magazine is a high-quality, slick-cover quarterly magazine encompassing the entire Renaissance Faire phenomenon. Each issue includes faire reviews, articles on personalities at the fairs, and articles about the history, costume, and customs of the renaissance era. The magazine offers reasonably priced display and classifed advertising for renaissance-related craftsfolk and services. www.RenaissanceMagazine.com
For subscription and advertising information, write to:
Renaissance Magazine/Phantom Press
13 Appleton Road
Nantucket MA 02554
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