Costume College 2017!

Wherein we share lots of photos – though not nearly enough!

Costume College is a feast for the eyes. There are so many incredible costumes on hundreds and hundreds of amazing women. We didn’t take nearly enough photos, but here are the few we did get…

Lauren Marks – The Lady of Portland House – in her beautiful 1790s daywear.

Can we just talk about these shoes? Lauren M. painted and decorated several pairs of Pemberlies to go with her various 1790s costumes. SO cute!

Nicole – Diary of a Mantua-Maker – in an incredible 1950s suit she tailored herself. What skill! Paired here with Royal Vintage “Marilyn” pumps in black.

Jenny S. and Samantha in Stratfords with their excellent Tudor and Elizabethan gowns.

Caroline of “Dressed in Time” wearing her Countess of Provence gown with Flippy Flappies. It was a treat to see this perfectly millinery-d gown in all its glory.

A snapshot from our limited class – draping the 18th century bodice block. Our 10 students all did fantastically!

Vivienne and Elizabeth rocking the baroque in their incredible 1660s Versailles gowns.

Abby representing the 1760s in the Robe a la Francaise (sacque) we made for The Book.

Nicole (Diary of a Mantua Maker) was a *knock out* in her Erte gown and can we just talk about *those shoes* – she MADE them!

Merja’s painted sacque was truly incredible in person. Yes, she painted the silk herself and then made it into this perfectly fitted Robe a la Francaise. 

Jessica wore Empress Sisi with the longest and most epic train ever. Kathy was glowing in a beautiful 1780s Chemise a la Reine

Those shoes though…

Lauren somehow finished her 1790 stage costume after the Greuze portrait of Mademoiselle Guimard. It all came together in the end! Construction posts are coming later…

The Turque robe in blue (called a Kurdi in Ottoman dress, but for this costume cut like a Polonaise) was the final piece for Lauren’s Turkish stage costume. Lots of posts about this robe coming soon.

That sacque, though…

Jenny Storm looks ravishing in her Indienne Italian gown made from the now-famous Waverly curtains. Huzzah for curtain dresses!

A fine pair of black wool Dunmores with Valois buckles.

Sunday hallway chat – Abby and Cathy Hay discuss corset shapes and drafting.

Carolyn Dowdall of The Modern Mantua Maker looked amazing in all of her Victorian creations, not least of all this 1870s Natural Form stunner.

Annie Oakley represent!

A beautiful Miss Fisher outfit – the trim on her dress is amazing! Shoes – Roxy 1920s Flapper Shoes <3

Flappers in great supply – the amazing Constance MacKenzie, film and theater costumer extraordinaire, in this incredible beaded flapper dress paired with Astorias in black. 

American Duchess shoe arc – Kensingtons, ye olde Georgianas dyed red (they look amazing!), and two pairs of Antoinette Mules!

Abby looked amazing in her Jane Austen 1790s dinner dress, worn to the Ice Cream Social, with Natalie in her Westworld Cosplay. Excellent!

This photo describes after-hours just about every night – Kigurumis!

We recorded a couple podcasts in our room with two amazing women. Here we have Constance MacKenzie talking about working on the set of Wonder Woman and how she got into entertainment costuming. Podcast coming soon….

Turquerie united – two century’s takes on Ottoman dress – 18th century on the left and 19th century on the right.

Stopped dead – Natalie of Frolicking Frocks in her Game of Thrones Cersei cosplay.

The hand embroidery on Natalie’s Game of Throne Cersei cosplay. Holy moly!

One of our favorite pairs – these incredible frock coats and waistcoats were truly, truly breathtaking. Now I want one really bad.

Kelsey – @irreverentvintagegirl on IG – in an epic early 18th century riding habit. This color combination…! 

These Pompadours have been dyed and painted to perfection (and you can too) 

The weekend in a nutshell….


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