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Fashion and Costume exhibits for every Clotheshorse IV.

Are you looking to expand your mind and visual costume vocabulary? Why not take a look at some of these amazing museum exhibits that 2017 has to offer!

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Vesture Vocab III: Lexical Decorations for your Costumes and Conversations

Are you in the market for something interesting to add to your costume or cosplay? Halloween is practically around the corner, after all. If you’re searching for a costume or design detail to put the finishing touches on an ensemble, or just plain looking for weird words to wow your Scrabble buddies, Vesture Vocab is here to help!

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There are two previous installments (I and II), so if you don’t find what you want here, perhaps you could take a gander at the other articles for assistance!

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Fashion, Costume and Historical Garb: Museum Exhibits for Every Clotheshorse III!

Museums are magical places of discovery, so I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting exhibits, especially when they pertain to costumes and fashion.

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I’ve come across some really great garment and design-based shows across the country in past clotheshorse articles. If you feel the same passion for fashion, take a gander at these current and upcoming shows!

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Gothic to Goth: A Review.

If you hadn’t noticed a theme in the type of museum exhibits that I like to frequent, other than costume and fashion shows in general, take a gander at Fashion Victims and Yesterday’s mourning. Thus, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s (located in Hartford, Connecticut) promising exhibit Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era’s Fashion and its Legacy was definitely on my list of must-see exhibitions.

Revenant #2
Revenant #2

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A Review: Philadelphia in Style at the Michener.

Fashion at the Michener? Like the writer James A.? Yes, there is a museum dedicated to writer James A. Michener, and it’s nestled in Doylestown, PA. While the museum is best-known for its permanent collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist painters, it does present exhibits such as Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion.  The garments are on loan from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and are a mere sample of the fashions worn by some upper-crust members of the Philadelphia set over the span of the last century (or just about the last century!).

Some beautiful Nan Duskin fashion illustrations with fabric swatches.
Some beautiful Nan Duskin fashion illustrations with fabric swatches.

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Character Makeover: Josie, Valerie and Melody, Part I.

Welcome to the third installment of my 1920s Josie and the Pussycats makeover series! If you’re interested, the overall synopsis of my endeavor can be found here. Previously, antagonist Alexandra’s flapper-inspired makeover was revealed last August, and the group’s dudes, manager Alexander’s and roadie Alan’s, duds were transformed in September. At long last, it’s Josie, Valerie, and Melody’s turn,  but I’m doing to do something a little different this time around.

Roadie Alan, antagonist Alexandra, kitty Sebastian and wannabe swell Alexander in their 1920's styles.
Roadie Alan, antagonist Alexandra, kitty Sebastian and wannabe swell Alexander in their 1920’s styles.

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Dolce & Gabbana to Launch Their First Hijab and Abaya Collection

Stefano Gabbana, of the fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, has revealed via Instagram that they will be offering a collection of stylish, lace-adorned and largely neutrally-toned hijabs and abayas. The collection ties into their Spring 2016 collection, with a sprinkling of elegant floral prints throughout its textiles and accessories.

Images via Elle, from Stefano Gabbana's Instagram.
Images via Elle, from Stefano Gabbana’s Instagram.

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All RUFFled up!

In the spirit of previous pieces like Wingin’ It and Getting Ahead, here’s a fairly easy (at least in comparison) sewing project  for a fun and interesting accessory that could be a cool addition to a period costume or cosplay.

Ruffs, like many historical garments, are a sometimes beautiful, frequently over-the-top and periodically perplexing item of clothing that originated around the time of the Northern Renaissance and saw many incarnations up to and throughout the Baroque Period. What started as a lacy collar attached to the neck of a doublet eventually became a separate piece of clothing that the wearer–usually upper class–had around his or her neck.

Elizabeth I of England, artist unknown, c. 1575. The ruff accessory seemed to have originated in menswear, but it was soon incorporated into everyone's high fashion.
Elizabeth I of England, artist unknown, c. 1575. The ruff accessory seemed to have originated in menswear, but it was soon incorporated into high fashion for all. Note the cuffs have the same treatment as the collar of this gown.

Ruffs could range from dainty little things to ludicrously gigantic, and this particular embellishment saw numerous incarnations, starting as a heavily starched collar that eventually becoming a softer, but still rather voluminous and highly decorative, neck decoration toward the end of its popularity. For a really awesome and thorough pictorial history of the ruff, check out The Closet Historian!

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Vesture Vocab II: Lexical Decorations for your Costumes and Conversations

Welcome to round two of Vesture Vocab! As always, I hope to inspire your cosplay and costume imagination through uncommon or unfamiliar terms from a period of fashion’s history. Just like design details enhance an outfit, interesting words strengthen an individual’s lexicon. So feel free to use these apparel expressions in either capacity!

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Last time, I introduced the terms like farthingale, fibula and fichu,  and their possible uses  in your dress-up wardrobe. Keep reading for this month’s ensemble edification on coif, epaulette, fillet, kirtle, and poulaine.

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Vesture Vocab: Lexical Decorations for your Costumes and Conversations

I like words, and, admittedly,  I’m sometimes unnecessarily verbose. I am especially fond of random terms that one doesn’t get to hear every day. In all of fashion and costume history, there are an inordinate amount of words that fit this bill, and they’re like lexical little decorations for my knowledge of the subject.

Similarly, there are all sorts of minor details that can turn a good outfit into a really great and interesting ensemble, costume or cosplay. In an attempt to combine these two concepts, I’ve assembled the following list. Here are some nifty words for Scrabble and crossword aficionados, or people who would just like to spruce-up their togs terminology!

The Library, by Elizabeth Shippen Green.
The Library, by Elizabeth Shippen Green.

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