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Amanda avaWe’ve already published a number of articles about Gentleman Jack series and the stage costumes used in it, but the topic of film fashion is immense and it is much more interesting to analyze the period-accurate garments used in the movies than in portraits or books. So, here you are another material dedicated to the mid-19th-century clothing in Gentleman Jack, a recent and very popular historical drama TV series. Let’s look at the costumes from the POV of a fashion historian.

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buffalo plaid lumberjack avaThere is a whole discussion in comments to our article “Traditional dress of Canada. History and examples” about the existence of Canadian national costume. So, we decided to investigate this topic a little deeper. One of the garments considered traditionally Canadian is the buffalo plaid lumberjack. But can we really consider it a part of Canadian national costume? Where did it come from? And what it actually is, this mysterious lumberjack?

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Korean hanbok avaA lot of countries and ethnic groups around the world work hard to preserve their clothing traditions. In the latest years, it has become fashionable to make modern replicas of authentic garments, very close to the original look. But Koreans chose another path – they modify their traditions to the modern fashion, add contemporary accents and features to the authentic garments. So, Korean folk dress didn’t freeze in time but continued to develop and change year after year. It helped Korean national costume to remain in use, while many other ethnic garments are left only in museum collections.

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Towel avaThese are Ukrainian ceremonial towels used as wedding and ritual accessories and décor items. Many countries around the world have this accessory in their folk culture, especially Slavic countries, but the design of ceremonial towels (by the way, they are called “rushnyk” in Ukraine) you’ll see below is very unique and unusual. We’re not sure if you can find such colorful and naive ornaments anywhere else on this planet. These ceremonial towels impress by their cheerfulness.

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walking gown avaWhen we see beautiful vintage gowns in museums and at various exhibitions of private collections, we often can’t begin to understand the amount of work done to preserve those pieces. It’s a pity, thousands of historical garments are kept in museum storage and seldom are shown to the visitors. But luckily, these days, the museums started to make videos for us to see the authentic clothes of different eras. Here is an American dress from the late 1800s displayed by The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Conservation Laboratory.

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Qatar avaWhat do children wear in Qatar? Are traditional Qatari outfits popular among kids? How are their folk costumes different from adult clothes? People often ask questions about kids’ wear in various countries around the world. Let’s look at Qatari folk dress for children. These garments are great because they are much more decorative and ornate than adult traditional costumes, which are rather plain and simple.

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Slovakia avaSlovakia is a small country with rich and perfectly preserved traditions, especially clothing traditions and folklore. There are lots of folk bands that perform dancing, singing, playing on folk music instruments, etc. And their stage costumes are rather close in design to authentic garments. So it is not a problem to find out how a Slovak traditional attire looks like. This article is dedicated to the costumes of only one region of the country – to Zemplin ethnographic area. Even inside this one single region, there are dozens of variations of traditional outfits. The more fun we’ll get!

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Podillia shirt avaAn embroidered shirt was the basic garment, both male and female, on the territory of modern Ukraine since Kyivan Rus’ or even earlier. It was an underwear item, on top of which people put trousers, skirts, outer garments, etc. Only some parts of these shirts were usually visible – sleeves, cuffs, neckline, sometimes the front, and the hem in women’s shirts. That’s why only these sections were adorned with embroidery. In this material, we’ve gathered for you cute female shirts embroidered with predominantly red threads, predominantly white threads, or predominantly black treads. They have a stylish and sophisticated look.

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Underwear avaThe Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a numerous collection of artifacts from different historical eras and corners of the world. Practically any period, fashion style, direction in art, country is presented in the V&A. But this time, let’s talk about underwear. We’ll show you a few interesting undergarments from the museum’s collection that will amaze you by their beauty and because some of these items look weird to a modern onlooker. But at one time, people considered this lingerie absolutely common and necessary.

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Greek avaGreek traditional costumes are so charming that many outlanders have tried them on with pleasure during centuries. Kings and queens wore Greek folk outfits, celebrities, and, of course, ordinary tourists who are fascinated with Greek culture. We’ve gathered for you a few nice photos of different national costumes of Greece – male and female clothing, jewelry, etc. They will help you better understand this country and learn more about the Greek clothing tradition.

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Umbrella avaKorean folk fashion has one particular accessory that can easily catch your attention. It is a delicate women’s parasol made from bamboo and paper. Who would have believed that a paper umbrella can protect you from the rain?! But Koreans learned how to make these umbrellas functional and pretty at the same time. These so-called “jiusan” parasols even turned into status and ceremonial accessories, beautiful in their sophistication.

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Podillia men avaIt is true that Ukrainian museums and private collections have a very limited collection of authentic male embroidered shirts. Usually, such shirts were so worn down that people simply didn’t donate them to museums. So, we’re more than happy to share with you a few extremely beautiful and sophisticated men’s shirts embellished with whitework and other embroidery techniques. They are in mint shape and overwhelm you with their uniqueness and the amount of labor and skill needed to produce such artful pieces of clothes.

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Galicia avaIn the mid-13th century, Kyivan Rus’ fall into pieces after the Mongol invasion. And one of these pieces – the Kingdom of Galicia-Volhynia – was ruled by the king Daniel of Galicia. Historians know exactly how he looked like and dressed. So, let’s see on his example and the example of his closest royal men, what clothing the European royalty wore in the 1200s. The outfits we’ll show you are modern and very accurate replicas of authentic costumes. Though, they are exhibits in a museum and so are made from cheaper materials – no gold, real pearls and gems, etc.

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Turkmen avaTurkmen women traditionally wore bright skull-caps beautifully decorated with embroidery. In the past, a headdress was an obligatory part of female attire and going out without it equated losing her chastity. Today, the rules are not as strict and females are allowed to be in public bare-headed. But still, a lot of Turkmen women returned to wearing folk headdresses and do it because they like it and try to preserve their unique cultural features. Anyone who saw these cute skull-caps can understand their love for them!