On this site you will find an electronic portfolio of my historical costumes. Since 2004, I have created dozens of garments from eras as early as the 1380s and as late as the 1940s. With each costume I study and create, I set the bar higher in terms of my own expectations of excellence in research and execution. I never settle for just replicating the correct look, but I endeavor to make clothing in the manner it had been made.
Occasionally, I will update a blog detailing my academic research and construction of new costumes.
My interests in fashion are equally distributed between the then and the now. In 2012 I completed an AAS in Fashion Merchandising Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and in 2015 I completed my MA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice. My thesis focused on “normcore,” the 2014 fashion trend I argued signals the end of the Postmodern era in fashion. I currently work as an archivist in the fashion industry as well as a professional costume mounter for New York City museums.
I can be reached at jllbaum [at] yahoo [dot] com.