Category Archives: Costuming

Canadian Fashion Connection – Centennial Costumes

Perhaps the first preparation to commemorate the  American Civil War (1860 – 1865) centennial began with the publishing of McCall’s pattern #1759 in 1952 – identified as a “Centennial Costume”. More patterns followed throughout the 1950s and early 1960s from … Continue reading

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Bat girl, c. 1887

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2016 Academy Award Costume Nominees

Once again it’s time for me to publicly embarrass myself by picking the wrong winner!  I actually get it right half the time, which is better odds than the groundhog — and even when I am wrong I usually know why … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Period film Costume appropriation…

I just came across this image of Judy Garland in this peculiar looking costume from the 1948 film The Pirate. Although strange, there was something about the tartan tam that seemed familiar. Sure enough the design was borrowed from this c. 1830 … Continue reading

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Film Costume Historian – Debbie Reynolds (1932 – 2016)

I know most people will be remembering Debbie Reynolds as a singer, dancer, actress, and famous dysfunctional mom to Carrie Fisher, but I prefer to remember her for her work as a collector and film costume historian. When MGM decided … Continue reading

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Bijoux Electriques!

In 1879 Scientific American reported “…there is nothing more curious than electric jewellery.” A Parisian watchmaker who enjoyed creating mechanical birds, Gustave Trouvé also invented the Lilliputian battery that could be tucked inside a pocket or hidden within an evening … Continue reading

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Janet Patterson, 1941 – 2016

I just learned that Janet Patterson, a costumer known for her work in period films, passed away a couple of weeks ago. She was the favourite costumer of Australian filmaker Jane Campion. Patterson’s period work included: Portrait of a Lady (1996), Oscar … Continue reading

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40 Years of Punk/Goth

Created by Liisa Ladouceur, Canadian author of The Encyclopedia Gothica, this AMAZING video uses the popular ‘fashion through time’ videos that have been popping up over the last couple of years (but are usually filled with inaccuracies.) This video tracks … Continue reading

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A must see film – Falbalas 1945

This film should be required viewing for students of 1940s fashion! The title Falbalas, which means frippery (ostentatious decoration), is translated into ‘Paris Frills’ on IMDB. The film was released in France in June 1945, shortly after European hostilities had ceased … Continue reading

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Real to Reel – Costume design in Bridge of Spies

We just saw Bridge of Spies last night and I was very impressed by the period realism of the costume design. The film takes place between 1957 and 1962, and although the film doesn’t promote the five year time frame (the children … Continue reading

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