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Out Today: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

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Out Today: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

It's a big day in the costuming world! The highly anticipated new costuming book, The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking, is out today from Page Street Publishing. You can buy it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc, or directly from American Duchess (where you can even get signed copies, and/or buy shoes AT THE SAME TIME, yesss).  Abby and Lauren shared some secret sneak peeks with me earlier this year, and I have been so excited for this addition to the costumers' library ever since. I even accidentally pre-ordered TWO copies in my excitement, haha!This book really does...

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Introducing the 1790's Stays

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Introducing the 1790's Stays

We have a new stays style! HISTORYAhhh, the 1790's. What a weird but delightful little moment in fashion. I love that modern costumers are giving this decade more attention, because there are some really lovely things to be found at the tail end of the 18th century.  Theresa, Countess Kinsky by Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Lebrun, 1793 (Norton Simon Museum) The Honorable Lucy Elizabeth Byng by John Hoppner, 1799 (The Frick) Portrait of Natalia Zakharovna Kolycheva, née Hitrovo by Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun, 1799 (Dallas Museum of Art)(I was a frequent visitor to this museum in high school...there's a bad pencil sketch of this...

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My visit to the Collection at the DAR

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My visit to the Collection at the DAR

I'm sitting here going over photos from this past month and wondering how is it nearly May? April was full of work and travel; fast-paced projects bookended by two trips out of state.  One of the trips took me to Washington DC, where I was extremely lucky to be part of a behind the scenes tour of the Agreeable Tyrant exhibit, led by non other than curator Alden O'Brien. Upon meeting up with us, she took us through a nondescript door into the clothing, textile, and furniture storage.  And then she opened a drawer that held a stunning example of...

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The "Dotty Dress"

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The "Dotty Dress"

Last week over "Christmas Break," when I probably should have been digitizing patterns or catching up on bookkeeping (or taking a...break?), I decided to make myself a gown. I don't usually have time for such indulgences, but I will need a new 18th century outfit in 2017, so this was be best time to whip something up before we start our next big theatrical order. I've had this Colonial Williamsburg cotton print sitting around for a few months. I will admit that I was not in love with this fabric when I received it. It was fine, but it wasn't exciting. So I went looking for...

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