Period Costumes (some of the gorgeous outfits we've seen in film)

More Period Fashions (from Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute)

Edwardian Period costumes of Downton Abbey

Period Costume Dress Up (links to sites with online & paper dolls)

Recycled Period Costumes
(for those outfits that show up in more than one film...)
Recycled Costumes - more discoveries

Period Fashion Timelines

Whose Hat Is It Anyway?
Can you identify the film just from viewing the hat?

Antique jewellery - gallery #1

Tirelli Costume Company: video, gallery of pictures
(Oscar-winning design house for countless films)

Embroidered Jacket 17th century (work of art!)

Drew Barrymore - Vogue shoot

Emily Blunt - Vanity Fair shoot

Coco Before Chanel - interview with director

Sandy Powell - costume designer

Janet Patterson - costume designer

Colleen Atwood - costume designer

Crawford Manor - dolls based on historic & literary characters

~ Here are some great sites that I still haven't fully explored ~
Period Film Review
She has screencaps (some shown here) and great pics of selected outfits.

Louise Macdonald Milliner
Hat designer for such films as P&P, Howard's End, Remains of the Day

L'histoire des Modes
A source for links, images, and commentary on the history of fashion
and costume in Europe and America through the ages.

Historical costumes
Tons of information

Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute

Regency Reproductions

McCord Museum
Mix and match fashion of 19th century

The Costumer's Manifesto -

vintage, Victorian, movie costumes, costume history

Costumes from The Young Victoria,
(Sandy Powell won for Best Costume Design - 2010 Oscars)


  1. I would really love to see someone do some how-to videos, or at least a good gallery of the exquisite hairstyles in some of the period pieces. Emma Thompson's hairstyles as Elinor in Sense and Sensibility, for instance, or Anna Maxwell Martin's beautiful wedding hairdo as Esther in Bleak House. How about it? The Enchanted Serenity blog does such a gorgeous job portraying the clothing; I can't imagine anyone better to tackle the hairstyles, and the timing is right with the slightly tousled romantic hairstyles making it into lifestyle and fashion magazines. I would copy either of the above-mentioned hairstyles in a heartbeat, if I could just figure out how they were done!

  2. I don't think she's done Elinor's hairstyle specifically but there's a lady on Youtube who demonstrates various hairstyles including some regency ones... you could check her out!

  3. Thanks for the link and introduction to torrinpaige's channel. She hasn't done those styles specifically, but I love her victorian and regency styles. I think it would be possible to copy Martin's Bleak House wedding hairstyle using the techniques from her videos.

  4. Piero Tosi!
    Il costumista storico del grande Visconti!
    Il Gattopardo
    e altri...
    la Sartoria Tirelli! La più grande!
    La tradizione italiana
    dello studio del costume portata sul grane schermo da Sensani.

  5. You might want to check out this blog -
    Thanks for all the time you put into this site!

  6. @Anonymous
    You're welcome! I have stumbled on that blog before! Yet another case where I'm envious of those who actually sew gorgeous period costumes with such attention to detail while I remain an observer!



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