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.

Senegalese boubou avaIn many African countries, the traditional costume requires meters and meters of colorful fabric decorated with African ethnic motifs, intricate head ties, and multicolored beaded jewelry. Some tribal outfits still consist only of small loin-cloths and plenty of beaded adornments, which have been traditional for many centuries in a row, but at the same time, we mostly see large loose robes, modest dresses, and male tunics + trousers as African national clothing these days. And in this post, we’ll have a closer look at Senegalese traditional attire.

Morning gown or peignoir of upper-class women from 19th – early 20th centuryIn the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century, European and American women of the middle and upper class wore at home beautiful, stylish, and costly garments called “morning gown” or “peignoir”. This underwear piece is popular among many females today as well, but it has become something ordinary and easily available, while the ladies from the 1800s saw a peignoir as a special garment, an indication of their status and wealth. These morning gowns looked really charming and attractive.

Tunisian lingerie avaTraditional underwear around the world differs a lot from our modern lingerie. Forget about revealing lacy bras and thongs, sexy garter belts, and the like. The traditional undergarments mean that this style has been in use for at least a century or two and is a lot more modest and conservative. But what else in these underwear pieces is different? Let’s take Tunisian vintage underpinnings and compare them to the lingerie sets we’re familiar with. How do you think, how many differences will we find?

Inuit2 avaCanadian aboriginal peoples lived in a very beautiful but also rather harsh environment. They needed all their skill and imagination to survive even in the northernmost areas of the continent. Warm houses and warm clothes were among the most important things for Canadian indigenous tribes, and they used every single available material – when hunters or fishers brought prey, everything was in use: meat, fur, skin, bones, sinew, intestines, claws and teeth, feathers, etc. You would be surprised as to what materials can be used to make clothing!