The web has lots of yummy eye candy out there and quite a bit of serious
costume research information as well. A number of folks have done such great jobs
of organizing costume info on the web, we're just going to providing our most used
resource links in this section.
More Costume Information
Check out Alley Cat Scratch's News Flash
section. There are all kinds of costume events listed along with some
of the latest costuming news and products.
Hours of surfing ahead...
|The Costume Page
- Julie Zetterberg
|This site get my vote for the ultimate costume resource. There are
pages and pages of site links to everything from museums to
organizations to ethnic costumes to Halloween costumes and
EVERYTHING in between. There are over 2,000 places for you to
explore. It's gotten a lot of awards that really
back up the fact that this site is a must see. Set your
|Additional costumer resource link pages
|Sites listed in no special order, each have their own specialties.
Once you start to export, you'll loose hours... but oh what a way to
skip sleep! How often link sites are updates varies on the time
the folk have so at different times, one link or the other may be more
|The Costumer's Manifesto
- Tara Maginnis
|Over a 1000 links to investigate, articles about a real live
costume shop, costume tour information, how-to articles and links,
and much more.
|The Milieux Costume Site
|Many, many links.
|Historical and Science Fiction.
|THE place to find out all about all Costume-Cons and their
|Latest news on all the Costume-Cons in one place
|The most complete photographic history of the Costume-Cons
|Here is a place to see our community's history!
|Information on our the folk in our Costuming Community
|ICG archive information
|A great collection of links
|The Great Pattern
|An incredibility collection of reviews on costume patterns.
People discuss what patterns worked and didn't work for their body
sizes. Patterns are rated and there are some pictures of the outfits.
|While you're at it, check out the Greater
Bay Area Costumer's Guild's
entire site for costume makers, suppliers, renters, etc.
(While concentrated in the San Francisco Area, it's not limited just to
|The Costume Gallery
Companies On the Web
|Nice little page that list all the traditional pattern companies that
have web pages. Totally useful for basic sewing.
|Don't forget to check these companies out for the
"light" version of costumes with heavy duty instructions.
|They'll be great for beginners, but don't plan for historical
accuracy. (Of course, there are exceptions to this rule.)
|International Costumer's Guild
|Provides links to the chapters of the International Costumer's
Guilds, coming events, guild information and many other useful and
|Find a guild chapter in you area <here>
|Costume Con -
|The most wonderful place to go every year to learn about costuming in a
wild setting where you immerse yourself in costumes for an entire weekend.
|This event travels to a new location every year.
|Also Information about the latest costume con at Costume-Connections.
|The Lively Arts Historical Association
|Major resource site for places to do historical reenactment. Dance
sites includes the home of the Social Dance Irregulars. Besides a very
comprehensive calendar of dance and reenactment, they will have classes
on everything from Victorian manners to complex living history programs
that span the middle ages, to sea dogs of the 1800's to Victorian to
.... well you get the idea. Go there.
|Based in Southern California but covering/linking to many other areas.
|If you're looking for someone to come out and present a historical
costumed program, these are the folks to contact.
|See Research Start Points
also. The main sites listed contain a dizzying array of different
costume groups and activities.
|LASFS's Links to
Science Fiction Conventions
|Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society has a great links page out into
the wide world of Science Fiction Conventions.
|Costume Society for
|Academic group with conferences and events
|Very detailed research vs. recreation of costumes.
5 (Western US and Western Canada)
|Society for Creative Anachronism
|Recreating Medieval life
|Arts and Science festivals, wars, symposiums, discussion groups
|Divided into kingdoms and baronies geographically. You
should be able to find something in your area. Numerous online webs
with great costume research and examples.
|LA area is the Kingdom of Caid.
|The ultimate source for Swing Dance in Los Angeles. There's something
hopping almost every night. Their calendar
will even load into your palm.
|Dance classes all the time.
|Even resources for hair.
|Sew What's New
|Many more classes, including distance learning and college credit courses:
If you know of other costuming classes on the web, please
Moving this over to the news section of this web
| News Flashes to catch the most
|Costume Events is mainly
Southern California centric... but does list some bigger events on the
international scene and has some great event calendars.
Again, SoCal centric but includes national and international events.
|AlterYears, for the Costumer - official web site
|Hoards of costume patterns, costume accessories, costume books,
corsets, hoopskirts, etc. Located in the Los Angeles area but
do mail order all over the world.
|Their site has now been updated. Check it out for new
items being added all the time.
|This book is a fantastic directory/shopping guild that contains
hoards and hoards of places to buy costume related items.
There's everything from fabric and trim stores to specialists in
feathers, beads, leather, etc. The cross referencing by
category and state are amazing. A "must have" to
help you create your wildest costume ideas.
|These store reviews are written for costumers by costumers. Everyone is
allowed to send in their favorites. Share your shop
experiences with the WCC.
|While you're there checkout their haunted house quality costumes at www.CastleBlood.com.
|The Art of Michael Whelan
|You will recognize his art from many Science Fiction book covers.
|His wonderful artwork on this site is a great inspiration to
|Lord of the Rings <--
this movie has amazing costumes
|Movie Costume Auction from New
|New Line auctions costumes and props from many of their movies.
This site will normally have things from their newer movies, but
sometimes they will have a great classic piece.
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