My Favorite Resources

Books, movies, websites, shops etc that I have found helpful:

Web

Research and Inspiration:
- The Met
- Victoria and Albert
Colonial Williamsburg
- Kyoto Costume Institute
- Christie's, Fashion Through the Ages - historical fashions at auction
- Vintage Textile - pieces for sale
- 18th Century Notebook - a collection of extant garments
- The Sewing Academy - excellent forum and info on the mid 19th century.
- Your Wardrobe Unlock'd and Foundations Revealed - Costuming how-to's by the people that know. Subscription based. Immensely helpful.

Notions/Fabrics:
- Reproduction Fabrics - cottons
- Restoration Fabrics and Trims - decorator fabrics organized by period/style
- Renaissance Fabrics - period fabrics organized by era
- Dharma Trading Company - plain/dyeable fabrics: voiles, batistes, lawn etc
- Thunderlily - hand beaded lace and other interesting fabrics
- Fashion Fabrics Club - thousands of fabrics by the yard. Great prices.
- Berlin Embroidery - goldwork embroidery supplies, spangles
- MJ Trimming - good quality trims
- Pure Silks - lots of quality silks
- B and J Fabrics - very high end and drool-worthy
- NY Fashion Center Fabrics - lots of good staples
- Mood Fabrics - all around good stuff, some interesting and unique fabrics
- William Booth Draper - reproduction fabrics, buttons, buckles, thread etc
- Burnley and Trowbridge - 18th c. fabrics, notions and workshops
- Britex Fabrics - high end lace: alencon, chantilly, etc
- Ostrich.com - great feather selection and quality male ostrich plumes
- Delicious LLC - corsetmaking supplies

Patterns:
- Recollections of J.P. Ryan - very good Georgian era patterns
- Truly Victorian - easy to understand, Victorian/Edwardian patterns
- Etsy - tons, just tons.


Accessories/Ready to Wear:
- Jas. Townsend and Son - all things 18th century
- Antoinette's Atelier - gorgeous 18th century wigs
- The Tudor Shoppe - clothing, hats, chains of office etc
- Originals by Kay - Civil War era clothes and accessories
- Kansas Mercantile - Civil War era custom items and workshops
- Ageless Artifice - makeup recreated using historical recipes. Ancient Egypt to the 19th century.
- American Duchess - shoes!
- Re-Mix Vintage Shoes - vintage repro shoes


Books (most available on Amazon.com)

Extant Garments, Fashion Plates and Photographs:
- Fashion: The Collection from the Kyoto Costume Institute (Tashen) - Great book. I have two of these!
- Dangerous Liaisons, Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- Eighteenth Century Clothing at Williamsburg, Linda Baumgarten
- Costume Close Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern, 1750 - 1790, Linda Baumgarten
- Fashion in Detail from the 17th and 18th Centuries, Avril Heart and Susan North (V&A)
- Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail, Lucy Johnston (V&A)
- Underwear: Fashion in Detail, Eleri Lynn (V&A)
- Four Hundred Years of Fashion, Natalie Rothstien (V&A)
- Fashioning Fashion European Dress in Detail (LACMA)
- The Tudor Chronicals 1485 - 1603, Susan Doran
- Victorian Fashions & Costumes from Harpers Bazar 1867 - 1898
- Full Color Victorian Fashions: 1870 - 1893, Joanne Olian
- Eighteenth Century Fashions in Full Color, Stella Blum
- Who Wore What? Women's Wear 1861 - 1865, Juanita Leisch
- The Way They Were: Dressed in 1860-1865, Volumes 1 and 2, Donna J. Abraham
- A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson's Album of Styles and Fabrics, Barbara Johnson and Natalie Rothstein

Pattern Books:
- The Cut of Women's Clothes: 1600 - 1930, Norah Waugh - Good patterns and excellent for details
- Corsets and Crinolines, Norah Waugh
- The Tudor Tailor; Reconstructing 16th Century Dress, Ninya Mikhaila
- Patterns of Fashion 1, 2, 3 and 4, by Janet Arnold

Specific Techniques:
-18th Century Embroidery Techniques, Gail Marsh
- Beginners Guide to Goldwork, Ruth Chamberlin
- Royal School of Needlework Embroidery Technique, Sally Saunders, Anne Butcher and Deborah Barrett
- The Lady's Guide to Hand Sewing, volumes one and two
- Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques, Kristen Harris
- That Perfect Stitch: Secrets of Fine Hand Quilting, Roxanne McElroy
- The Dressmaker's Guide 1840-1865, Elizabeth Stewart Clark

Hair and Makeup:
- Vintage Hairstyling 2nd Edition, Renells - 20th century hairstyles and how-tos
- Retro Makeup, Rennells - 20th century makeup
- 18th Century Hair & Wig Styling: History & Step-by-step Techniques, Kendra Van Cleave

Movies/ TV - generally not accurate, but definitely inspirational. Check out imdb.com for pictures if you don't feel like watching the whole thing.

16th Century:
- The Tudors

Late 18th Century:
- The Duchess (2008)
- Marie Antoinette (2006)
- Marie Antoinette (1938)
- Amadeus (1984)
- Sleepy Hollow (1999)
- The Patriot (2000)
- The Triumph of Love (2001)
- The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
- Jefferson in Paris (1995)

Early 19th:
- Pride and Prejudice (2005)
- Vanity Fair (2004)

Mid 19th:
- Gone With the Wind (1939)
- Cranford, Return to Cranford - BBC
- Cold Mountain (2003)

Late 19th:
- The Age of Innocence (1993)
- Gaslight (1944)
- The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Early 20th:
- Downton Abbey - BBC
- Titanic (1997)
- Gosford Park (2001)
- A Room with a View (1985)