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Our Amazon Costume Store

Apr
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Just CLICK”  the Amazon Costume Store tab (directly above)  

And BEWARE, the prices on our site may or may not coincide with the Amazon site.  We have been trying to make this fix, but unsuccessfully so far.

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Costumes! Costumes! Costumes!

Nov
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Costumes! Costumes! Costumes!

Halloween, Masquerade, Mardi Gras, Theatrical, Santa’s,  Valentines Day, Easter Bunnies, Mascots, Stage Makeup, Masks, Disguises

Our company started in 1860. That’s not a typo….1860!  That was before Abe Lincoln was President of the United States. That’s a lot of years of experience!

We have serviced the theatrical industry, national chains, the general public, and now, YOU!  Let us help provide you with costume solutions to your costuming questions.

To find your local costume store, click here > Costumers.org

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Italian Renaissance Clothing and Fashion

Mar
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Italian Renaissance Clothing and Fashion

Every region in Italy contained many, if not all of the styles seen in these images; no one region was distinctly unique. History and Women is a compendium of Women’s History, Biographies, Historical and Women’s Fiction, and Discussions on all things Feminine! From two neighbouring villas in the heart of the Tuscan countryside to the elegance of Siena; from a world steeped in ancient superstitions to a culture where family honour is paramount comes, this multi-layered novel of the lives, loves, secrets and strivings of two women and their families in the 13th century! We do know more about townswomen than we do of the poorer rural-dwelling women.

Women would even pluck out their foreheads and sometimes entire eyebrows just to have the appearance of a high forehead. Because of the change in fashion, the occupation of the tailor became much more prestigious as the nobles as well as the middle class during the renaissance era would hire personal tailors to create the day to day wardrobe. While cotton is a common and inexpensive fabric today, it was in earlier days of the renaissance costly.

In the 1920s, after centuries of wearing constricting corsets to achieve an hourglass figure, women started to wear clothes that produced a boyish silhouette. The drop-waist dress was the perfect garment to wear because it did not require a corset; it was loose and therefore allowed women to move about and dance freely. Today, we live in a world where women can pile on necklaces of all shapes and sizes and wear five bracelets on each wrist if they wanted to. The women of this period are the ones who made that possible. T-strap shoes became popular during this period because they were relatively comfortable to dance in, were unique, and allowed women to reveal a bit of skin.

Some people complained these hats were too big and obtrusive in public places like the theater or picture shows. Think of them as huge pot or bell-shaped hats that sat perched on the large pompadour hairstyle and covered the forehead almost down to the eyes. In the summer, these hats featured huge dried flowers or lace sewn flowers and sometimes real leaves and twigs! The popularity of large feathers and stuffed birds on the hats caused concern for the welfare and population of birds. The movement toward smaller hats began around 1913 where hats still had high crowns but smaller brims. Hats that were worn on the Titanic by first class women would have been the very large picture hats for day wear.

Our Medieval Hood With Mantle is a great addition to any outfit for both men and women. Our Gothic Style Hood is a great addition to any outfit and is for both men and women. Only unmarried women could leave their hair uncovered, and every married woman was required to wear one of the several variations of Medieval Bonnet. Almost in this case referencing one design element that really only adds to the hats intrigue and appeal, anyways. These sturdy pirate tricorn hats are made of 100% polyester, which has been textured to look like weathered suede.

It was much more acceptable for men during the Renaissance to make a show of the way they dressed, especially for the noble class. Tall hats were exactly that when compared to flat caps – a higher hat that was typically worn by men in the nobility. Some common materials in men’s fashion during the Renaissance were wool, linen and fustian (cotton and linen combined).

There is no mention of half mourning attire for men, however, there was mention of men wearing a white band or ribband (ribbon) on their hats to mourn a young girl. As a history geek, I, for one, am happy the 600-year-old bridge has a new home where it is preserved and appreciated. I admit, until I started researching the topic, I really didn’t know the real history behind Valentine’s day except it was to honor a Christian named Valentine who was martyred for marrying people in secret.

 

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Wearing Creativity

Mar
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 Wearing Creativity

Fashion has, in some form or another, been around as long as there have been humans. Cosmetics used by women of this period included powder, which was made of white lead, mercury, and vermilion. When we talk in terms of clothing women wore during the Renaissance, people of high-class spent almost everything on what they wore. Eventually, hats turned into berets with brims and were made of cloth, beaver, felt or velvet. Because the Renaissance era encompasses approximately 150 years of history, its fashions changed dramatically from beginning to end.

 A number of different styles of hats were worn from simple caps to elaborate hats like the one pictured on the left. Women either wore their hair with elaborate structures in their hair like the Germans or with just a kerchief. When young and unmarried, women wore their hair loose, but once married they tied it up in complicated braids and twists.

Whether you’re simply a history fan or someone who likes performing in Renaissance Fairs, knowing what styles men wore during that time will not only teach you quite a bit about fashion history, but also make your performance authentic. Women earned money by selling produce, eggs, butter, spun wool, and other items made or produced at home.

Women wore the bodies of their dresses closely fitting to the figure, embroidered, trimmed with lace, and covered with gilt ornaments; the sleeves were very large and open, and for the most part they still adhered to the heavy and ungraceful head-dress of Queen Anne of Brittany. The principal characteristic of the Renaissance female dress was its fullness; men’s, on the contrary, with the exception of the mantle or the upper garment, was usually tight and very scanty. During the 16th Century, the Renaissance fashion is making a distinct separation between ancient and modern dress; in fact, our present fashions may be said to have taken their origin from about that time.

In 1948, Vogue published an article about hats inspired by “les belles dames” of the court of the 18th century. Hats should remind the legendary headdresses of the Versailles’ court, made with reproductions of small caravels and curls that defied gravity. 

Since high, wide foreheads were prized, women often pumiced that area to hide any evidence of tweezed hairlines and to assure that no lines cracked the serenity of their brow. The clothing of the Renaissance era changed depending upon the social standing of the wearer. Bodices were often unstructured but still dipped a bit at the neckline to allow even these women to show their voluptuous curves. Underneath the outer garment, Renaissance women almost always wore some kind of an under-dress, which was called a chemise.

 

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Hats! Hats! Hats!

Mar
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Hats! Hats! Hats!

hhimgres imgres hhhhimgres hhhimgres himgresLooking for a theatrical hat for your production, or a period hat for your own use?  One of my suppliers specializes in quality theatrical (mostly period/historical) hats for both men and women.  How many of these might be used for everyday use so as to look different, be different from everyone else?  Caveat:  These hats might not be suitable for outdoor use (rain, sleet, snow, etc)  Anyhow…Give us a shout!

russkampmann@gmail.com

Over the next few weeks, most of our posts will be about period hats for men and women.  The next two posts will be devoted to renaissance hats for women.  To come will be the  Civil War period, the Victorian period, the Roaring Twenties, the 30’s and 40’s and a scattering of in betweens.  Hats, hats and hats will hopefully have a lot of pictures to accentuate the articles.   

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Halloween Costumes for Valentine’s Day

Jan
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Halloween Costumes for Valentine’s Day 

Although many of the sexier plus size Halloween costumes would make a good choice (especially since they are usually at a very good price after Halloween) these companies also release new designs that are more romantic than sexy and are new designs just for this February holiday. Imagine you tell the love of your life that you would like to tease their senses with a fantasy costume, whether it is a tight catsuit with a sheer bodystocking clinging to every sexy curve, or a schoolgirls uniform that includes the traditional short skirt, sexy fishnet stockings and high heels.

Unlike couples that have been with their partners for years, many single men and women that are not searching for a serious relationship, and just want to express their sexy and erotic personality, the naughty side in you can easily test your new partner by arousing them on your Valentine’s date with exotic costumes!

Depending on how well you know the person you’re spending Valentine’s Day with, or how much you are willing to spend, you will pleased to know that many online costume suppliers offer a wide variety of sexy costumes suited to your budget and needs.

It’s fun to browse the many costume sites online in the privacy of your home, and you will enjoy the convenience of viewing a wide selection of costumes that are specifically tailored for Valentine’s.

Valentine’s has been around a long time, and while costumes might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the lovey-dovey holiday, perhaps our costume guide will inspire you to throw your own party on February 14th!

We love it when people get inspired by history for their costumes, and even though Valentine’s isn’t known as a dress up holiday, we’d like to show you just a few reasons why it SHOULD be. Throw that Valentine’s Day party for coupled and single friends both by using these ideas of famous lovers… who knows, you just might kick start a new, legendary romance at your party.

Maybe your man always fantasized about strippers, and nothing for them would be more appealing then for you to slip on that see-through full piece bodystocking and those sexy boots with high heels, and you offered him a seductive dance.

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More on Valentine’s Costumes and Accessories

Jan
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More on Valentine’s Costumes and Accessories

Most women value romance more than material things during Valentines Day, and giving an adult costume for a special lady may be just the right catalyst to set the romance on fire. If you’re wondering how to find sexy costumes to fulfill your fantasies, I have written our Second Part of this article, where I will be offering you a variety of costume options, and also where you can easily find these sexy outfits including sexy accessories online.

 

Find the accessories for any costume at our sponsors BuyCostumes, neatly organized with every costume, and have fun creating your own sexy dress up this Valentine’s Day by piecing together something sexy from their assortment or leggings, wigs, corsets, shoes and jewelry.

Hearts, candies, and flowers are symbols of Valentine’s Day as you can see in the designs of traditional greeting cards and Valentine’s e-cards sent on February 14. They are also an essential part of the decorations for your party.

You simply enter the information about the time and date of the party and your address, of course, and you can even include a map for guests to use in finding your house or the location of the party.

At , we feature a wide assortment of costumes and clothes for dogs, and you can quickly browse and filter your results by featured brands, colors, and price to find the perfect outfit for your friend’s wedding, dog park mingle, or pet-friendly Halloween party, all from the convenience of your home and sofa.

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Valentine’s Day Costume for a Young’n or Old’n

Jan
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Valentine’s Day Costume for a Young’n or Old’n

In years past if you wanted a Valentine’s Day costume for your infant or toddler you either had to make one or choose the standard Cupid costume. Other examples of secular holidays or celebrations where fancy dress are commonly used to portray specific characters would include; Valentines Day (Cupid or Eros) and US Independence Day (Uncle Sam).

For your Valentine’s Day party, decide on a theme and have the decorations, gifts, games, and costumes based on it. For instance, if you have a jungle theme party, the guests can come as Tarzan and Jane or dress up in animal suits.

This sassy and sexy Valentine’s Day costume is perfect for a fun night out celebrating or a quiet but unforgettable night staying in. This ensemble features bright, vibrant colors and the classic Queen of Hearts card emblem on the front.

Take Valentine’s day as an example, it is easy to make money from lovers, and the couple have at each festival, out of love of the banner, in the Valentine’s day with various lovers jewelry for the main, with jewelry lovers to seize a chance.

According to the different characteristics of the holidays, holding a series of thematic promotions: such as” auspicious” for the Spring Festival, ” pink romantic” for Valentine’s day, ” beautiful life” for Labor Day.

Designed and handmade by a friend of rodents everywhere, this little cupid costume photo prop won´t bother or make your friend uncomfortable for short periods of time while you take pictures of your little sweetheart.

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Valentine Party Supplies At Birthday In A Box

Jan
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Valentines Day Costume Ideas

Love is in the air so don’t be surprised if you fall in love with our red and pink costume pieces! A young lady that has in mind sexy Valentines Day gift ideas when looking for a gift for her husband or boyfriend can simplify things by waiting at home for her mate dressed in one of the Valentines Day outfits from one of our sponsors.

Valentines Day outfits comes in a variety of styles that include naughty Cupid costumes, Be Mine Cupid outfits, Queen of Hearts costumes, Queen of Broken Hearts outfits, petticoat dresses, satin garter dresses, camo cutie costumes and sexy school girl costumes.

Women that prefer wearing Valentines Day lingerie for the holiday could dress up in a Valentine heart chemise, Valentine heart bra and tanga set, Daisy Mae pink bra and panty set, polka dot bra and thong set or one of many other styles of Valentines Day lingerie.

More plausibly, writes Elizabeth White Nelson, the tradition of expressing love on Valentine’s Day comes from the Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility rite held on February 15. Typically, the medieval church would try to combine saints’ feast days with pagan festivals, to boost Church loyalty and participation.

It is a ceremony,.. to draw Lots, which they term Valentines… The names of a select number of one Sex, are by an equal Number of the other put into some Vessel; and, after that, everyone draws a Name, which for the present is called their Valentine, and is also looked upon as good Omen of their Man and Wife afterwards.

 

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Sexy Valentine’s Day Costumes

Jan
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Sexy Valentine’s Day Costumes

Originally, the feast day of St. Valentine honored two third century martyrs by the name of Valentine who were elevated to sainthood in the early middle ages. Dismayed defenders of the faith felt that the penny post valentine cheapened affection, and joked that many a postal carrier was crushed under his bag of cheaply-produced letters strewn with cooing birds and hearts.

To manage the paradox that a generic, mass-produced valentine was being asked to convey a heartfelt, singular emotion, a whole new business emerged of “valentine writer books.” These books provided verses that could be copied into a valentine and presented as the sender’s own words, and unique creation.

So, all you cranks and cynics take heart: Valentine’s Day had a decidedly unromantic genesis, and even after the holiday got alloyed to romantic love, it had its own subversive, cynical undertow right from the start, whether it be the riots and effigies of failed love, the charivari mockery valentines, or the valentine writer’s plagiary book to achieve “authentic” expression.

 

In addition to plus size Valentines Day costumes you will also find that the costume companies also have Valentine’s Day decorations for your home, car, dorm room, office and even a car. It’s quite romantic to go out to your car and see a Valentine’s Day decoration on the windshield (just be sure to sign it so that she/he knows that it’s from you.).

 

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St. Valentine’s and Costumes

Jan
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St. Valentine’s and Costumes

Wearing costumes is a romantic way to express your affection for your significant other on Valentines Day. Before his death sentence was carried out, Valentine wrote a farewell message to his beloved, which he concluded with the inscription, “from your Valentine.” Years later by Church decree, Valentine was named the Patron Saint of Love.

Retailers around the world push traditional gifts such as heart shaped chocolates, cards, flowers and jewelry, but what women really want often times gets blurred out from all the marketing that goes on before Valentines Day.

 

 

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