Cartwheel hat avaEvery fashionista has at least a couple of hats in her wardrobe and knows how to match her headdresses with other clothing. Still, fashionable headdresses aren’t an obligatory item for a lady anymore, like they used to be in the 18th, 19th, and even early 20th century. A huge variety of hat designs switched each other for years and years, each of them more unique, catchier, and prettier than the previous one. Just take a cartwheel hat – huge, round, and almost flat. It must’ve been a nightmare in windy weather!

Sorel avaEverybody knows that fashion trends make a comeback from time to time – we can’t invent something new every year and never repeat ourselves. But one thing is to know and another is to see with your own eyes. So, let’s look at the latest footwear trends fall 2021 and compare these shoes to very similar-looking vintage shoes and boots from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. What modern designers and fashion houses appreciate footwear ideas of the past long gone?

French robe avaFrench costume museums are among those places where you can find hundreds of authentic historical outfits from the 18th and 19th centuries. Also, France is famous for the French lace, elaborate underwear pieces worn by the royals and court ladies, exquisite embroidery patterns on court dresses, and huge varieties of regal accessories. France was the trendsetter in fashion long before Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, and Pierre Cardin. So, here’s a list of costume and folk museums where you can find French national clothing and various vintage fashionable outfits.

kaross avaMen and women in Botswana traditionally dress in clothes made from animal skins because they’re durable, easy to get (Tswana men are great hunters) and work with, and it is the way their ancestors dressed. One of the most interesting Tswana folk garments is a blanket called “kaross”. It is used by the local men. And this traditional African blanket would probably cause animal defenders to have a stroke – it is created of rows and rows of animal skins sewn together.

Bocksten Man avaActually, the Bocksten Man is not a mummy, rather a skeleton, but fully dressed and with a generous mane of hair – looks bizarre, by the way. Why these human remains may be so interesting to fashion historians, reenactors, and people who are fond of the medieval era that the Bocksten Man became famous all over the world? Because many of his garments survived over 600 years and can be studied today. His tunic even is among the best-preserved medieval tunics in Europe. Not to mention his hood with a 90cm-long liripipe.

Chikankari avaIndian traditional culture estimates embroidery highly. A lot of clothes and household items are usually decorated with needlework. Just look at Indian sarees, festive sherwani, and choli blouses and you’ll notice a variety of decorative techniques used to embellish these garments. There are dozens of different embroidery techniques and stitches used in India, but these 4 types of Indian needlework are among the most popular and beautiful – phulkari, chikankari, kashida, and kantha embroidery.

Kafshi chubin avaCentral Asian countries take pride in their traditional footwear, and rightfully so because these shoes are so ornate, decorative, and comfy. Most people around the world know little to nothing about the folk costume of Tajikistan, including Tajik traditional shoes. It’s time to fix this, as Tajik folk footwear looks really unusual and curious. Here are the 3 most popular and offbeat Tajik folk shoes for any occasion.

Medieval painting avaSome of you probably have already seen people dressed in medieval clothes at some historical reenactments, medieval fairs, or even in theater/movie/museum. But can you name all of the garments and tell how many of them a person has? The Middle Ages is a period when the climate was cold, synthetic fabrics not yet invented, and people dressed modestly and elegantly. So, let’s specify and describe a typical everyday look of an ordinary working woman, not wealthy, without any fancy trinkets in her attire, just a set of clothes she needs in daily life.

Fan avaHand fans were an obligatory accessory for court ladies and wealthy women for a few centuries. And they were extremely trendy and popular. Of course, the variety of fans was huge, the fashion often changed, and fan makers had plenty of work to do, as all of the hand fans were created by hand only. What do we know about Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo fans? Let’s look at the history of hand fans in the 16th-18th century.

Ukrainian embroidery45 avaUkrainian needlework is world famous. There is a huge variety of unique authentic patterns – floral, geometric, animal, etc. We’ve prepared several close-up photos of Ukrainian embroidery patterns seen on vintage folk clothing and ceremonial items from the 18th – early 20th century. Look at the color play, the diversity of patterns, the beauty of this traditional decoration! The older needlework designs, the more meaningful and significant they are, but even ordinary floral embroidery without any protective powers is charming enough for people to want it as embellishment for their clothes.

portrait miniature avaPortrait miniatures were extremely popular in the 16th-19th century. They helped capture the appearance of people and pass the images down the generations. Thanks to these tiny portraits, we have so much useful information on the period-accurate fashion trends. Though portrait miniatures usually only show the bust of a person, we can still see part of the upper garment, collar in detail, hairstyle, jewelry, facial hair style, headdress, trimmings of clothes, and many other wonderful details of historical costumes.

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.