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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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
and 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 web site maintained by Lauren Podolak containing
links to a tremendous number of other sites and free e-books of
interest to the costumer. These include supply companies, museum
image galleries, and how-to instructions for a variety of
garments. Much of the information is found on a connected Facebook
Page by Julie Zetterberg, is an ever-expanding list of
costume and costuming-related links for the benefit of those who
make and/or study costumes.
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 with which you wish to coordinate? Jessamyn's Regency
Costume Companion is a collection of information, ideas, pattern
tips, and images."
Sew City "Your
Internet Link Directory for all sewing and related information."
Includes links to most major sewing manufacturers, a chat room,
and many other worthwhile features. Sewing-related merchants can
purchase banner advertising.
Renaissance Information Center is operated by Crossroads
Renaissance Publications & Event Productions, the same people
who bring you Renaissance Herald magazine and run several
faires in the western US. This site has the most extensive set of
renaissance faire links I have seen, including event calendars,
merchants, craftsmen, and re-creation societies.
Scottish Tartans Museum 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.
Manifesto by Tara McGinnis, Ph.D. includes costume history
information and a bazillion links to information, garment,
pattern, and supply sources. There is even some 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.
Guide of How To Remove Stains from Clothes This is a highly
useful collection of articles and videos from Jessica Ebberts
sorted by what sort of stain you wish to remove. The broad
categories are Food, Medical, Liquid, Earth and Industrial.
History Timeline - The Evolution of Clothing Over Time by
Sheryl Perkins. This is a brief summary of clothing styles by
historical period with links back to many primary sources on the
and Clothing of the Renaissance by Sheryl Perkins. This is a
brief overview of renaissance clothing with many links for further
Halloween Costumes Box A little blog about all things costume and Halloween-related. The site contains a basic outline of costume history and many, many links for costuming, costuming through history, costuming tutorials and guides, Halloween costumes and Halloween resources.
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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
"Randwulf's" line of original sewing patterns for the
medieval/renaissance/highland enthusiast, and even an item or two
for model rocketeers who sew.
Wenches at Work,
House of Dra offers basic renaissance faire garb, primarily
sold at renaissance events.
Dancewear offers specialty hosiery for medieval/renaissance
re-creationists and performers. 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 leggings.
Medieval Footwear 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 video which demonstrates how to make
a cast of your foot.
publishes pattern books on historical costume, particularly
turn-of-the-(20th) century styles. The web site also includes
links to other historical costume sites.
Master Andrixos offers a wide selection of intricate trims at
reasonable prices. The site includes a search engine which locates
trims by color, width, or price range. The trims are illustrated
with magnified color photos.
Ceramics is a bookseller specializing in publications about
ceramic arts and doll-making. There is an extensive links section
for ceramic sources, doll-making information, and doll clothing
Costumes makes most excellent leather doublets and bodices.
If you have visited renfaires in the western US, you have probably
seen their work.
Antiquities is an online antique dealer specializing in
items from the Roman Empire, Middle Ages, and Renaissance periods,
along with many other interesting times. The site includes an
extensive links list.
Time A Clothier's Guide for the Complete Costumer, offers a
wide variety of historical clothing patterns from small-run
publishers (including my Randwulf's line), as well as
clasps and other costume accessories, custom and ready-to-wear
renaissance costumes. The web site features a clever search engine
which finds patterns by key word. Patterns of Time is an
Amazon.com partner, so you can make purchases using Amazon's
search engine and your Amazon.com account.
Lion Import Shop Scottish and Irish gift items. Scottish
Lion is a reliable source for items of highland dress, including
kilts, jackets, sporrans, jabots, bonnets, and tartan fabric. Look
for a full-color rendering of your family tartan 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 highly artistic finished mail items.
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
Beads & Buckskin
Sparrowhawk makes buckskin clothing and a variety of moccassins and moccassin patterns. Visit her store in Tacoma or her web site at https://www.facebook.com/pages/YaTaHai-Beads-Buckskin/244208725617059
Victorian-Inspired corsetry and fashion for any body
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.
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
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
Speculative Fiction Society (CASFS) is the host of the
Science Fiction Convention. CASFS also publishes the webzine
CONNOTATIONS ONLINE and hosts a monthly book discussion group at
Bent Cover Books in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit their web page for
one of central Arizona's three annual fan-run science fiction
conventions. The emphasis is on the art of SF and Fantasy. The
convention is held every May.
TusCon is the third of
central Arizona's trilogy of annual fan-run science fiction
conventions. The convention is held every November in Tucson,
The Society for
Creative Anachronism (SCA) is the world's largest medieval
re-creation society. From their home page you can explore heraldic
archives or link over to the home pages for the member kingdoms
baronies, and shires. Included also is a Virtual Merchants Row
with links to a variety of medievally oriented companies.
Empire is a medieval re-creation society whose members are
esteemed for their skill at Live-Steel 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, sometimes
they work, sometimes they don't.
War is the Society 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 battles, arts and sciences demonstrations,
and a Merchants Row to rival any renfaire.
The Dark Ones
is an organization formed for the expression and exploration of
various cultural themes including, but not limited to, the Dark
Ages and the Renaissance through forms of art including, but not
limited to, painting, drawing, writing, photography, spoken word,
and acts of characterization. The monthly Phoenix-area parties are
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Given is a clearinghouse for those interested in pirates,
privateers and nautical history. Visit their web site for sample
articles, links to merchants with a buccaneerish bent, a Pirate
Movie Guide, Book Reviews, links to Pirate Re-Creation
organizations, and of course information on how to subscribe 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
or e-mail RenZine@aol.com
directory (online edition) is "Your on-line link to Fandom around
the world. Science Fiction, Comics, Trading Cards, Gaming, and
more. Point and click access to thousands of fan, collector,
dealer, store, publisher, club, and convention e-mail addresses
and web sites." Listings are free, though a reciprocal link is
appreciated. Fandata has also published an annual hard-copy
directory of fans and fan-related businesses since 1979.
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