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Ann Walker avaThis is another article dedicated to the outfits pictured in “Gentleman Jack” series. This time, we’d like to look at the clothing pieces of female characters, including Ann Walker, Marian Lister, Eliza Preistly, Vere Hobart, and Queen Marie of Denmark. In comparison to the Anne Lister’s stage costumes, these outfits are so much more feminine, delicate, and fitting the 1830s fashion. Some of these clothing articles are even authentic vintage pieces, but most of them, of course, are made by the wardrobe team of the show. So, let’s delve into fashionable mid-19th-century clothing styles.

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Queen Victoria coronet avaVintage royal jewelry worn by kings and queens – what can be more fascinating and exciting! Many of those jewels are worth millions and are passed down the generations for hundreds of years. But it’s not only their financial value that attracts our attention but also the real-life romantic or horrific stories of these pieces. Let’s look at one of the British royal jewelry items from a museum collection – Queen Victoria's magnificent sapphire and diamond coronet. What is its story? How did it survive to this day? And how many generations did it see?

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komon kimono avaThere is a variety of Japanese kimonos for different purposes and occasions: furisode, yukata, homongi, komon, and others. This time, we’re going to learn more about the latter. What is a komon kimono? When is it worn? How is it decorated? Why was the komon kimono one of the favorite and most popular outfits in Japan? Let’s take a closer look at this cute Japanese folk garment and answer all these questions.

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Anne Lister avaGentleman Jack series is a movie that definitely got some attention. We’ll remind you that it shows a real-life story of a 19th-century lesbian Anne Lister. But this historical drama is interesting not just because of this piquant detail, but also due to the stage costumes of its characters. And, of course, Anne Lister is the first person on the list of the most eccentric and offbeat costume owners. Her outfits have to be a mix of masculine and feminine features, cuts, colors, silhouettes, etc. Like a corset under the male shirt and vest.

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Crib avaThere are many specific clothing traditions regarding children in Ukraine. In the past, people used to pay a lot of attention to kid’s costumes. Most of the old customs originated from ancient beliefs that only amulets and protective patterns can keep a child safe – several hundred years ago mothers didn’t know much about viruses, bacteria, immunity, etc., so they protected their babies with sacred knowledge they had. Let’s find out more about the authentic clothing of Ukrainian kids.

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Replicas avaThe national costume of Armenia is gorgeous. It takes a lot of time, skill, and love to make these garments. Analyzing any vintage folk garment from any corner of the planet, you’ll see that there is a deep meaning behind the cut, design, decorations, color, etc., because people used to take their clothes very seriously. And Armenian authentic pieces are no exception. We’d like to show you a few outfits – modern replicas of authentic Armenian costumes – and share some facts about the local clothing traditions. Let’s dive into it!

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spider silk avaWeaving is one of the oldest crafts in the world. People use various threads to weave the fabric. They always have either plant origin (linen, hemp, cotton, nettle cloth) or animal origin (sheep or alpaca wool, silk). In this material, we’re hoping to surprise you by showing how to make the fabric from spiderweb. Well, actually from spider silk that is extracted right from the body of a spider. It is fascinating how they collect these delicate threads and work with them.

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Reservations avaThis is the last article from the series dedicated to the traditional Cherokee clothing. This time, we will talk about Cherokee folk dress from the mid-19th century to this day. Unfortunately, this is the time when a lot of Native American tribes were brought to the brink of extinction and a lot of ancient traditions barely survived during the Americanization and Europeanization of the New World. But step by step, the descendants of proud Cherokees got their clothing traditions back and learned all they could about their heritage.

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Gentleman Jack avaThe new historical series “Gentleman Jack” shows us extraordinary costumes of the mid-19th century. It is very interesting to review these outfits because the show is based on a real story and costume designers had to make the clothes of these movie character counterparts as close to their prototypes as possible. But what is even more impressive is that the main characters of this series are two lesbians. How do you dress a high-society lesbian from the 1830s? Based on real-life statements, not just designer’s imagination!

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Gorgeous avaThese very elegant, ornate, and colorful wedding costumes are traditional bride&groom’s outfits used in Ukraine 100 years ago. The wedding clothes had to be bright and eye-catching so that each guest could distinguish the bride from the crowd. The costumes in this collection are complemented with modern bridal wreaths and jewelry – wonderful pieces that are replicas of authentic Ukrainian accessories or unique products of artisans’ imagination. Enjoy the bright colors and lovely wedding dresses!

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Knights avaArmor is one of the most important things to any warrior. Medieval knights had different kinds of armor to protect them from cold and throwing weapons. And metal plate armor is only one type among many others. So, what armor did medieval knights in Europe actually wear? What was it made from, and how effective it actually was? Let’s see four most popular types of body armor used in the Middle Ages. Just imagine – these are the prototypes of modern bulletproof vests, kevlar garments, and ballistic helmets.

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Mission influence avaWe are continuing our series of articles dedicated to the clothing traditions of the Cherokee people, one of the famous Native American tribes. And it’s time to talk about the appearance and spread of such important crafts as spinning, weaving, and beading. The early-mid-19th century is the period when Cherokee women got their hands on spinning wheels, cards, weaving looms, and other similar tools. And they loved to use them. Very soon, the Cherokees were producing such gorgeous articles of clothing that no European pieces could compare.

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Kimono2 avaThe furisode kimono is an extraordinary Japanese garment with an entertaining history. The beauty of some examples is indubitable, just like the intricacy of patterns on its fabric. Very often, the body and sleeves of this outfit are embellished with flowers depicted in bright colors, because it is an extremely festive kimono. If you want to know whether this garment is used just by women or by men as well, feel free to read on.

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Sample avaThese are a collection of striking embroidery samples from Ukraine. They are beautiful, very delicate, and seem simple but are charming when you pay attention to details. And it doesn’t matter the embroideries are machine-made. Most of these embroidery patterns are whitework, which is typical for Central Ukraine. Some designs have teeny-tiny spots of red or blue intertwined with white. Some even are created with several different colors and shades. But isn’t whitework the most noble-looking and sophisticated needlework ever?