Happy New Year! I’m on a blessed break between semesters and slowly chipping away at some sewing projects. Nothing to show off yet!
But just because I don’t have something new to share doesn’t mean that I can’t promote the wonderful work being done by two very special researchers. So in case you missed it:
Kendra Van Cleave’s book on 18th century hair and wigs is on pre-sale! Kendra is a good friend of mine and an extraordinary historical costumer and researcher. Her new book will provide a detailed overview of men’s and women’s hairstyles from 1700-1799 followed by step-by-step instructions on how to create twenty-five different styles. Perfect for historical costumers, researchers, and mannequin dressers! Kendra is self-publishing and could use your support on her Indiegogo site to secure licensed images. For more information on the book, check out its web page at http://18thcenturyhair.com/.
Another project that should be on your radar is my classmate Chloe Chapin’s new blog on historical menswear. Ever notice the dearth of information on men’s historical clothing in comparison to women’s clothing? Chloe has, too, and is striving to fill in that gap–and is so devoted to the subject that she is about to embark on a mission to Sweden on a Fulbright grant to research the history of men’s suits! Her new site will be a clearing house for other websites dedicated to menswear and will contain information on notable museum exhibitions and an excellent bibliography. If you or someone you know has a blog on historical menswear, make sure you send it her way, I’m sure she would love to hear from you!