Luke and Agaphia avaA lot of people these days study their family trees and research ancestors. It’s fascinating how much we can find out about ourselves by learning our roots. But do you know what is even more exciting? To share our finds with other people. And this is exactly what we’re offering you to do. Take part in a new project Your Wedding Story of our partner website Send them your own marriage story or a love story of your ancestors and you will see it published for the world to see.

Gomesi avaThis folk dress is rather modern compared to other traditional outfits around the world. It appeared in the early 20th century. And the history of its invention is unusual and curious. This women’s attire invented by an outlander has found its place in the traditional clothing culture of Uganda. A gomesi or busuuti gown is bright, floor-length, and made from a large amount of fabric. Of course, such clothes mostly weren’t available to African females before the 1900s. Though, Ugandan women fell in love with these long and colorful dresses so much that they became Ugandan national costumes.

fan pleated dress avaThe dresses with multiple pleats on the bodice became trendy at the end of the 1830s and remained fashionable until the mid-1850s. Such bodices are called “fan-pleated bodices”. This unique feature is a typical detail of this period’s female gowns. And it was extremely popular among the ladies of middle and upper class. We can find this design on many old photos from Europe and America. Let’s find out more about these cute piquant pleats.

Kukruse avaFunerary fashion is a very interesting and exciting branch of fashion history. About some trends and traditions we find out due to the old photos and paintings, but also, a great chunk of knowledge comes from the grave. Archaeologists dig out a lot of artifacts from ancient burial grounds, so they can study them and make educated assumptions as to what did people wear to the grave. Some burials have survived in such a good shape that we can create replicas of those ancient burial outfits. Like the one we’ll tell you about in this post.

A Knights Tale avaNot all of the historical and quasi-historical films and series offer period-accurate stage costumes, but it doesn’t mean they’re not good-looking and interesting to learn about. Take A Knight's Tale movie. It’s called “quasi-medieval”, since it is a modern adaptation rather than an accurate historical film. Thus, the costumes used in it are stylized and re-modeled medieval outfits used to hint at the Middle Ages rather than be replicas of actual medieval clothing. Still, it’s fun to analyze them, so let’s do it.

Refajo avaWomen of El Salvador usually wear wide flounce skirts in traditional blue and white colors as their national wear. But these are rather modern garments. If we think about older apparel worn by the local indigenous people, the traditional clothes are very different. They’re simpler, hand-woven, sewn from smaller amount of fabric, and less decorated. Still, those ancient Salvadorian garments look just as cute but are more practical. Take, for example, the traditional refajo skirt.

Muff avaA few centuries ago, such accessory as a fur muff literally saved people’s fingers if not lives. There were no fancy membrane fabrics, fleece, or other modern inventions to keep people nice and warm. A muff was so handy during the cold season that even men gladly wore it in the 1600s and 1700s and considered it a fashionable accessory. Today, male muffs look rather extravagant, by far not to everyone’s taste, but at that period, it was a necessity, something that would help you avoid frostbite.

fashionable kid shoes from the 1810sChildren’s footwear was lovely in the early 19th century, if you ask me. The most fashionable shoes were very colorful and adorned with embroidery, cut-out designs, applique, and other decorations. Of course, every pair was handmade, which only adds to the charm. Here is a fine example of girl’s heelless pink slippers from The Met Museum. They were made in 1795-1810. This simple but graceful-looking pair of shoes was most probably worn with a white dress, so the bright pop of color was greatly appreciated by 19th-century kids.

Garo avaThe Garo traditional attire looks catchy and beautiful. These people – men and women alike – adorn themselves with a lot of brass and beaded jewelry and wear bunches of feathers on their heads. The Garo ethnic group is unique because they look more like Tibetans but live in India and Bangladesh for centuries. So, is the Garo folk dress closer to Tibetan or Indian? What pieces of clothing do they use? And how attached are they to the national apparel? Time to find out.

Swiss guard avaSome of you already know that the Vatican is a very special country inside of another country, it has its own unique government, administration, military, and so much more. In this article, we’ll be particularly interested in the bright and eye-catchy traditional outfits of the so-called “Pontifical Swiss Guard” (the armed forces of the Vatican). Their uniforms are among the most offbeat and unusual military uniforms around the world. Probably because of its color palette.

corset cover avaAs you can understand from the name – even if you’ve never heard about a corset cover in your life – this piece of clothing is worn together with a corset, so it must be an item from the 19th century when the tightest and most complicated corsets were in use. What was this article of clothes for? Why was it invented? When did it come into fashion? And why today women don’t wear corset covers, even though some of them use modern corsets? Let’s look for the answers.

lederhosen avaIf you’re studying fashion history or simply are a folk costume lover, Germany is the country you definitely should visit. There are so many costume museums in Germany! And you can not only learn a lot about German traditional and historical clothing but find costumes and textiles from all over Europe and even all over the world. This country is a real Mecca for tourists interested in these areas. So, here is a useful list of folk costume museums in Germany.

dragon robe avaIn Chinese culture, the images of dragons are among the most popular and significant symbols. And it had been like this for centuries. We see various dragons depicted on 17th-century imperial and ceremonial robes, garments from the 18th and 19th centuries, and on contemporary Chinese clothing as well. But why dragons and what does this symbol mean? Let’s have a brief look at the Chinese history of clothing and find out more about so-called Chinese “dragon robes”.

Blackpink avaAny traditional attire can be re-designed and stylized to look super-modern and super-trendy. Skilled fashion designers make wonders using folk motifs, just like Korean designer Hong Ki-Young, who created the stage costumes for Blackpink official video “How You Like That”. She took Korean national apparel hanbok and re-designed it to look more contemporary, youthful, and alluring. Some people would even call it provocative and criticize such a great altering of the traditional costume. But nevertheless, the outfits of Blackpink girls in “How You Like That” look striking.