Other Costuming Organizations
- Art Deco Society of California (San Francisco, CA)
"Our goals are to increase public awareness of the Art Deco era through preservation and promotion of its art, architecture, music, design, and other forms of popular culture. Sponsors and promotes activities that revive the delights of this wonderful era."
- Costumer's Guild West, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)
"A community of costumers dedicated to promoting the art of costuming and needlework in all forms. Through Costume College, we present an educational forum where members can learn about the history of clothing, expressing their imagination in costuming, and creating links to the past, present, and future in the fashion arts."
- Greater [San Franscico] Bay Area Costumers' Guild
"An organization made up of people who share an interest in recreational costuming, we offer a variety of activities including workshops, costume salons and costumed events."
- National Civil War Association
Reenactors dedicated to providing living history in Northern or Central California for the general public. Open to all individuals of any age. There is also a cadet corps available for those who are too young to be allowed on the combat field.
- Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild
"Brings together designers of artful clothing and accessories, expands artistic horizons, and encourages and nutures the creativity in each of us."
- San Diego Costume Guild
"Brings together costume enthusiasts for the purpose of networking, communication, idea sharing, costume construction support and advice, and sharing of information regarding local events to which a costume may be worn."
- Single Action Shooting Society
"One of the unique aspects of SASS approved Cowboy Action ShootingT is the requirement placed on costuming. Each participant is required to adopt a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession of the late 19th century, a Hollywood western star, or an appropriate character from fiction."
- Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
"An international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world."
- Somewhere in Time, Unlimited (Seattle, WA)
"Sponsors historic costumed social events in the Seattle vicinity which reflect the most enjoyable aspects of past eras."
Costume Related Websites
Alley Cat Scratch Costume
Over 1500 pages of costume tips and sewing information here. What started with just a bit of love for fantasy costumes and movie costumes has grown into a mega costume construction destination!
Angela Clayton's Costumery & Creations
Tutorials and costuming how toís by Angela. She documents the creation of her historical and fantasy costumes from pattern creation to photo shoots of the finished product.
Bissonnette on Costume: a visual dictionary of fashion
Allows you to browse by geography, time, and subject. Results in a set of costume photographs, usually from at least two angles, with notes about the origin, time period, fabric, and who holds the costume. Authored by the former curator of the Kent State University Museum. Save on Wayback Machine.
Costumer's Guide to Movie Costumes
Contains research, reference images, and "making of" tips and resources for all kinds of different movies.
- Costumer's Manifesto
An educational costume site for researching shows, school papers, and places to buy materials. It includes a full online college level course in costume history.
- Dress and Textile Specialists Toolkits (UK) Downloadable instructions and videos on a range of topics that relate to working with garments and textiles. Includes mounting costumes on display, identifying textiles and laces, etc.
- Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Since 1991, parts of exhibitions in the FIDM Museum & Galleries have been viewable on their website.
- Isis' Wardrobe
A blog on 18th century everything, with a European twist.
- The Pragmatic Costumer
Liz Hayes says "Costuming pragmatically means utilizing all the
resources you have available as far as you comfortably and financially
can with the challenges an average, occasional costumer encounters like
budget, time crunches, material shortages, limited knowledge, and
less-than-par sewing skills."
- Smithsonian Institution
"Galaxy of Images" Gallery
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries in Washington D.C. has launched a digital photo gallery that provides access to images in their collections, including many fashion and clothing-related images.
- Tyranny of Style
Articles on costume design and the language of clothing, including film, television, theatre, theme parks, video games, and 3D printing.
Yipe was a costume-dedicated e-fanzine 2009-2012. An image-heavy pictorial format dedicated to the transformative art of costume in social venues, with contributions from an international assortment of costumers, photographers and writers.
SiWeb Member's Companies
- Cattails Quilts (Elaine Swick)
- Design Enterprises of San Francisco (Don McCunn)
- Designs By J (Jeanine Swick & Elaine Hirsch)
- Griffin Dyeworks (Bjo and John Trimble)
- Richard Man Photography (Richard Man)
- The Mantua Maker (Deb Salisbury)
- Theatrical Makeup Design Interactive (Tara Maginnis)
SiWeb Member's Personal Websites
- Aurora Celeste's LiveJournal
- Celefinniel (Kathe and Phil Gust)
- Costuming Tips (Carole Parker)
- Hawkeswood Productions (Betsy Delaney)
- Twisted Image (Kevin Roche)
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