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Infantryman avaIn the Middle Ages, war was a routine. There were so many wars that military fashion evolved quickly. What new garments appeared in the 14th-century army? What clothing articles did soldiers use at that time? What interesting facts do we know about the everyday life of these military men? Let’s find out on the example of an Austrian infantry soldier from the 1350s. The character’s name is Niklas, he’s from Vienna, and he’s a wealthy infantryman.

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Designs avaTraditional African clothing is very diverse. It usually changes from country to country or tribe to tribe. The designs of folk dresses are very practical. They are made of light fabrics and usually are very loose. Also, they are traditionally made with bright colorful designs and are dyed with a tie-dye or other typically African methods of dyeing the fabric. You won’t confuse African national costumes with any other outfits from any other continent. Here you are several most widespread African garments, often worn far beyond its borders.

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Photo avaIt’s a pity, we don’t have photos dating before the 1820s to see how the outfits of those times really looked like. Simply because the photography wasn’t yet invented. So we have to be satisfied with paintings, drawings, and similar pictures. But still, we can witness the life of people in the 19th century with a help of old photos. Here is a little collection of such photos made in 1860s-1895 in Europe, America, and Australia. Let’s enjoy these black&white pieces of history and look at the clothing worn by the posing people.

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Spanish private avaMilitary fashion very often influences civilian clothing. Even today, camouflage fabric, trousers with many pockets, and combat boots are trendy and popular. Though, they were invented for military needs. In the 18th century, similar thing happened with a tricorn hat. What other 18th-century clothing articles came from the military? And what fashion trends were military-inspired? Richard Shortlidge, a historical reenactor, will tell us about his costume – the costume of 1740s Spanish private. By the way, a private is a soldier of the lowest military rank.

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Regency fashion avaThe beginning of the 19th century in Europe is known as the Regency / Empire era. Actually, it’s Regency period in Britain and Empire period in France. But regardless of the name difference, these two fashion styles look pretty much the same. The clothing of this historical era is very simple, natural, elegant, and has a few embellishments. Here, we’ll have a look at the Regency / Empire fashion and compare it a little bit with the previous Rococo style. What changed in clothes? Which adornments became tasteless? And which clothing articles managed to maintain their significance and popularity?

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Dukach avaOne of the most popular traditional jewelry pieces in Ukraine is called a “dukach”. It is a pendant of sorts and it is usually made from a coin (gold, silver, or even copper) or a religious icon. This jewelry item is often pretty massive and intricately decorated. It can be hung on a chain or ribbon as a self-sufficient piece or be a part of a necklace. Here, we’d like to show you some photos of dukach jewels from a great exhibition held in one of Ukrainian museums.

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Frankenstein Chronicles avaThe British series “The Frankenstein Chronicles” shows the life of people from different social classes in London, the beginning of the 19th century. Stylish costumes of its characters display British fashion trends of the period. The costume designers of this movie did a great job in creating and altering (for instance, aging garments to make them show signs of wear) the outfits. This serial is a very good example of using historically accurate stage costumes in modern TV shows.

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Tajik embroidery avaEmbroidering is one of the favorite and most popular folk crafts in Tajikistan. Locals embellish their national clothing, traditional textile, and decorative carpets found in almost any house with embroidery. For instance, Tajik embroidered wall carpets called “suzane” is an ancient-old tradition in this country. The craftswomen use silk and cotton threads, gold and silver threads, gems, etc. Similar patterns and techniques are also used to decorate folk clothes and accessories. So, here you are some photos of Tajik traditional embroidery designs.

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Jacobean lady avaThe outfit of a wealthy English lady from Jacobean period was rather extravagant and posh. The Jacobean era in England and Scotland lasted from 1567 to 1625, when King James VI of Scotland reined. But talking about this period’s fashionable clothing, let us have a closer look at the layers comprising the formal daywear for a wealthy Englishwoman in 1615. A little spoiler: the most interesting part of a Jacobean female attire is diverse accessories.

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Alienist avaModern TV crime serial “The Alienist” is interesting from the point of view of its stage costumes. The outfits of this movie’s characters are made as historically accurate to the 1870s-90s American Gilded Age, as possible. Let’s take a closer look at these clothing articles and analyze The Alienist’s costume designers’ work. Also, we’ll compare separate garments with their real-life analogs and share some funny stories connected to the TV show’s costumes.

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Polissia avaUkraine is one of those countries in Europe that have diverse climate and relief. Therefore, the old clothing traditions are also rather different for various regions. Today, we’d like to talk about one of the most curious Ukrainian areas – a so-called “Polissia”. It is a region of dense forests and swamps, that’s why the clothing customs here are a little bit extraordinary. The vintage sets of folk clothing from Polissia are preserved in Ukrainian museums and in a pretty good shape. So, we’d like to show you 7 full sets of absolutely beautiful women’s costumes from Ukrainian Polissia.

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Garment avaAfrican folk culture is represented by plenty of interesting traditional garments – not only loin-cloths and jewels, as many people think. There are different techniques of fabric making, clothing crafts, and ancient-old designs of the traditional outfits. Let’s look at these top-10 most extravagant and stylish African garments from various corners of the country and learn something new about this unique continent.

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Arisaid avaThe Scottish climate is rather harsh – cold, windy, and very changeable. That’s partially why the traditional clothing of this country is so unique. For centuries, Scots preferred woolen blankets that they wore draped around the body in various ways. Such tartan plaid was a unisex garment that kept people warm. One of the clothing articles made from a wrapped-around woolen blanket is the arisaid – female sort of a cloak for the upper body. And here is how to wear the arisaid.

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Tudor avaThe Tudor fashion in Europe is represented by England of 1485-1603. In this period, the fashionable silhouette consisted of geometric shapes: triangles, disks, rectangles, squares, and so on. However, Tudor clothing was rather charming, especially female outfits. In this article, we’ll look at Tudor men’s and women’s costumes a little closer. What did they wear and why? What trends were fashionable at the time? How certain pieces of clothing were called? And much more.