The Costumers Collective

An Online Community for Costume Professionals

European and American Costume Resource Links

From Renaissance to Edwardian.

Costume History Research

19th Century

American West in Photographs

Costume Institute Fashion Plates - from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

French Courtesan Cora Pearl

Old Sturbridge Villiage - Living History Museum of 18th & 19th Century American Life

The People History - timeline of major milestones in History

Vassar College Costume Collection - Student research projects on historic fashion

18th Century

 Dress Up - Historic American Clothing (Includes 19th Century)

Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery - includes garments and personal objects from excavations of slave quarters in America

16th and 17th Century

The Hidden Rules of the Puritan Fashion Police - Sumptuary laws in 17th century America

Elizabethan and Tudor

The Tudor Tailor - research, books, & supplies

England's Forgotten Muslim History



Historical Dresses Undressed - video of what's under dresses from 1750 - 1950

General History

Historical Menswear - Blog covering a range of years in menswear.

Memorial Hall Museum Online - interactive dress-up of American clothing from 1660 to 1910

The Portrait Timeline - Ancient through 1900

Shopping Links


American Duchess - reproduction shoes

Jas Townsend & Sons - Reproduction Clothing for 1750 to 1840

Fort Brands - Old West Shop clothing and shoes

G. Gedney Godwin - 18th to early 19th Century Clothing and Supplies

Costume Armor, Inc - rent, buy, or custom built vacuform armor

Colonial Williamsburg Resource List

Delp Stockings - Purveyor of historic stockings and gloves

Oak Tree Farms - many boots in 19th Century styles

Tailor Made Millinery - custom made hats

Fabric & Notions

Textile Reproductions - fabrics, trims, and notions for historic reproductions

Wm. Booth, Draper - 18th Century Fabrics and notions.

Burnley & Trowbridge Co. - Reproduction 18th Century fabrics, notions, and supplies. They also run workshops.

Reproduction Fabrics - Cotton prints from 1775 to 1950

Najecki's American Revolutionary War Reproductions - custom orders and catalog of reenactment garments and accessories. Historically accurate reproductions.

Textile Reproductions - information about historic fabrics and fabrics to purchase

How To

How To

How to Digitize and Scale Historic Patterns

Siam Costumes Cutting Guides - a selection of historic patterns for research.


How to make 18th Century Stays

How to Floss a Corset

Farthingales Corset Blog


Knitting Reference Library - free downloadable patterns

Patterns of Time - historic patterns from a range of eras

Truly Victorian - 1830 to 1900

Past Patterns - 1789 to 1940s

Sense & Sensibility - Georgian, Regency, & Romantic Eras

Costuming Diary - free historic patterns