h-costume -- Historical Costume


About h-costume
English (USA)

This list concentrates on re-creating period costume, from the Bronze
age to the mid-20th Century. Its emphasis is on accurate historical
reproduction of clothing, historical techniques for garment construction,
as well as the application of those techniques in modern clothing design.
Other topics appropriate for discussion include adapting historical
clothing for the modern figure, clothing evolution, theatrical costumes,
patterns, materials, books, and sources for supplies.

Shows, museums, galleries and publications suitable for education or
inspiration, training opportunities available through schools and
workshops, design and motivational issues, collective group projects, and
exchanges of materials are all also of interest to this list. Wig making,
accessory and makeup issues, where pertinent to the overall design of the
costume, are also acceptable topics.

Advertisements or announcements for historical costumed events are
allowed, but general discussion regarding the groups or organizations
that sponsor costumed events is discouraged. Those of you in groups that
focus on costuming of a specific type (medieval re-creation, war
reenactment, science fiction and fantasy, etc.) should refrain from using
this list for group-specific socializing, promotion, or persona
fabrication. For that type of conversation, please use your
organization's own newsgroup or mailing list, which has been specifically
set up to encourage those types of discussions. Example: SCA folks
should use rec.org.sca for general converations about the SCA.

In particular, to try to cut down on a frequent source of unfriendly
discussion, please remember that while the SCA requires an attempt at pre-17th
C costume to attend events, it is not primarily a costuming organization and
it has no accuracy reauirements. Some members care about historically
accurate garb, so they hang out here. Members who care about historically
accurate food belong to a list for that, some prefer to research metalworking so they focus on that,
etc, and those who don't care about garb will only make a minimal attempt.

Also inappropriate for this list are advertisements for vintage
clothing, for sale or wanted; for those, use the vintage clothing
mailing list (vintage@indra.com), rec.antiques.marketplace,
rec.crafts.marketplace or alt.fashion. Personal chat, discussion of
family life, and other such non-fiber topics should be kept to private
e-mail, or to other mailing lists setup specifically to encourage it.

As for posting to the list, remember: It's not what you say, it's how you say
it. You can disagree with someone and still remain polite. I don't like
shutting down a discussion, but I will if it starts getting rude. Remember
there's a real person on the other end, and do unto others as you would have
them do unto you.

Please respect all copyright laws when using this list. Practically
speaking, that means you should post references or explain how to get
instructions, rather than copying those instructions from some other
publication or post (without permission of that author). It's this
list's policy that individual articles submitted to this list are the
property of the author of the post. Do not repost articles from this
list in _any_ forum without the original author's consent.

To search by keyword, use Eric Praetzel's searchable archive at:

Eric made some changes to the search method a few months ago that speed
the search but reduce your ability to search to just the name and subject
line ... not much use for many questions. I use the "old" search function,
which I believe is still available from his main search page, and I hope
it stays that way. Be as specific as you can in your search term (you can
pick only one), and you'll get faster searches if you do only one year's
worth of posts at a time.
The results are grouped by month, so when you click on one of the
search results, you'll get that whole month's worth of postings -- a big
download, but useful for reading whole threads.

-- Method 2:
For older archives (1993-1996), go to Franchesca Havas' site at

You can ftp or download zipped files.
I'm not sure if Ches has later archives too. I hope *someone* is keeping

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