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A Review: Renoir Boots from American Duchess

One thing I've been doing since I started working from home is slowly compiling the pieces I need to finish off my Victorian costumes for reenactment, since that's something I'd like to get back to once we can go places again. The first item on my list is one I've been lusting after for years,… Continue reading A Review: Renoir Boots from American Duchess

Living History

A Letter from Lucy

Living History

In Character Part VI: Shoes and Accessories

Any costumer will tell you that the devil--or your character--can be found in the details. Especially when playing the role of a more upper class character (like Lucy) the right accessories can make all the difference. Lucy's accessories are still a work in progress. There are many pieces I'm still tweaking, but here are the… Continue reading In Character Part VI: Shoes and Accessories

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In Character Part V: Hair & Makeup

We have a saying at the Village: "Ladies pinch, whores rouge." When it comes to 19th century costuming, less is more in the cosmetics department. That's not to say that they didn't have them, or that no one used them. Cosmetics have been around for millenia, but when you are talking American Civil War, it… Continue reading In Character Part V: Hair & Makeup

Living History

In Character Part IV: Undergarments

Okay, I confess! I cheat just a little when it comes to period undergarments, just because no one is going to see them (well, unless I blog about them....) The photo to the left shows me in my winter undergarments, right before Dickens of a Christmas. This involves a lot of time outside in the… Continue reading In Character Part IV: Undergarments