Why I'm interested
- I've been slowly drawn into the world of historical costumes and
fashion. I started by just looking, then by making a pattern that
pleased me, and then by reading books.. Soon, I knew what was wrong
with my first costume, and it didn't please me any more, so I made
another one. More time passed, and when I pulled that one out of the
closet one day, I realized it isn't "right" either. Now I look at
movies and books and costumes and my mind starts racing with ideas
and plans, and I want to know -everything- about the time period that
just caught my fancy. I was very excited to see this class as a way
to put all the time periods in perspective, and learn the history
behind what I find aesthetically pleasing. Someday I would like to
take my interest in a professional direction, so learning the how's
and why's of historical fashion is extremely important to me.
- It is great to find others that are as obsessed with style and fashion as I
am. For as long as I can remember I have been entranced by 18th and early
19th century clothing. (When "Dangerous Liasons" came out in the movie
theatre (the Glenn Close, John Malkevich version), I sat in my seat and just
about drooled over the costumes all through the movie!) I currently have
two bachelor's, one in Sociology and one in Anthropology. My future
aspirations are to become a museum curator in costumes and textiles.
However, as my husband is in the Air Force, we go where the government tells
us, and we have, as of yet, been stationed in a city that has a museum
studies graduate program. My main interest lies in French and American
clothing from the 18th and early 19th century. I am fascinated by the
cultural influence given to and by clothing, especially when studying gender
differences. I am VERY excited to have found a class like this!
Oklahoma City, OK
- I've been interested in Elizabethan clothing for almost ten years. I'm
tried many attempts at making period customs and have learned from each
experience. I hope to learn new techniques and tips for sewing these outfits
as well as find any others who are interested in my hobby.
- I only started looking at historical clothing in the past few years.
Initially my interest was just finding cool costumes to wear to
parties. But then I started getting more interested in the histories
behind the various time periods. I've always loved history and
anthropology, and I think that the clothes people wore can tell us a
lot about them. And knowing why people were wearing certain outfits,
and how they made them might help me make less cheesy recreations.
- Making historical recreations is actually a very good way to learn
some things about historic dress that you can't easily learn from
books: how they move, how they feel, and how much labor (and what
types) go into the making of them. I personally think any costumer
who hopes to costume actors in period wear should spend some time at
SCA, Dickens Fairs, etc. wearing things like hoops, trains, corsets,
funky shoes, tights & codpieces, etc. So that you can both better
relate to the movement needs of actors, but also give them tips for
navigation and motivation. The different feel between wearing a large
1860's hoop or a large 1875 bustle really tells you quite a bit about
women's roles and the transition between the two. The big hoop says
"I am a lady, and important, stand at a distance, and treat me like
glass." wheras the big bustle is so buttock-centric but easy to move
in, it makes one feel, assertive, mobile, yet very sexual, since you
can't sit, turn, or do stairs without factoring in your enormously
decorated, eye catching, yet protected backside. You can also get up
close, (and men can get up close) on any side except your rear, so it
feels rather flirtatious compared to a hoop.
--- In CostumeHistoryClass@yahoogroups.com, "elizkam" <Elizkam@a...>
> I only started looking at historical clothing in the past few years.
> Initially my interest was just finding cool costumes to wear to
> parties. But then I started getting more interested in the
> behind the various time periods. I've always loved history andoutfits,
> anthropology, and I think that the clothes people wore can tell us a
> lot about them. And knowing why people were wearing certain
> and how they made them might help me make less cheesy recreations.
- --- In CostumeHistoryClass@yahoogroups.com, "Tara Maginnis"
> Making historical recreations is actually a very good way to learn
> some things about historic dress that you can't easily learn from
> books: how they move, how they feel, and how much labor (and what
> types) go into the making of them. I personally think any costumer
> who hopes to costume actors in period wear should spend some time
> SCA, Dickens Fairs, etc. wearing things like hoops, trains,corsets,
> funky shoes, tights & codpieces, etc. So that you can both betterNot only historical costumes.
> relate to the movement needs of actors, but also give them tips for
> navigation and motivation.
I worked in wardrobe on a large scale prof musical some years ago.
When the show came to Melbourne we had very specific designs to work
from and had to stick, to due to copyright.
A few months in to the season long term strain injuries began to
The costumes looked amazing but the designer had no clue how actors
and dancers moved and took little regard when it came to repeditive
strain on performers in oversized or awkward costumes.
We had tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, compacted spins, tendon-itis
With the resident designer, a physio, three costume makers and a
prosthetics specialist we began to re- design costumes to work with
the performers. As a costume maker from a dance background, I was
able to bring my knowlegde of moving on stage along with my knowledge
of what you can physically make. It was so exciting being a part of
something so innovative. And our teams designs were passed on to each
of the wardrobe departments for that production, internationally
Now everytime I start designing dance costumes I attend rehearsals
and learn some of the moves, and try out the costumes as I make them
so i know I'm making costumes that are safe for our performers.
(I also amuse some shop assistants as I try high kicks or such in
items I'm sourcing)