Sunday, 13 April 2014

Ebay today.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

See some very good early photographic reference material at The Mirror of Race online exhibition.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

I went to see Mr.Dometakis last week for the first time in ages. He is as busy as ever and I enjoyed a biscuit with him as we discussed the shirts I wanted to order.
I guess he is our London equivalent of Anto's in L.A. and in a very typical, old-school British Film Industry style he has no website and only one, discreetly hung, signed photo of a celebrity on the wall of his studio. Charming.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

When I emerge blinking into the sunlight on the other side of this intense and busy patch which I am currently deep down inside, I will do a proper post about Silk and Rope Vintage House and while I'm at it I will take some decent, in-focus photographs.
Enrique and Estefi's collection is fantastic. They are always a pleasure to hook up with and easy to do business with, on top of that the collection is inspiring and well cared for.
As soon as they launch their (coming soon) website I will attach details, until then it's Spitalfields on Thursday mornings.

Monday, 10 February 2014

My first visit to Crescent Trading after their terrible fire was last week.
It proved as fruitful as ever and I was really happy to see everyone, back up and running with fully stocked shelves carrying the best in weighty wools that I've been able to find lately.
Student discount as well, if you are starting out.
Read about the fire and its aftermath here at Spitalfields Life.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Nat Turner and I visited three costume houses in Paris last week. It meant charging round at a crazy pace because we did it all in one day, rather ambitious, but we managed to spend enough time at each stop to get the gist of what's available over there for our date, 1912.
I was particularly keen to visit Catherine in Aram as I'd seen some of her stock before but had never visited the house. Her collection of original garments in often pristine condition was as good as I had hoped.
I suppose we are rather spoiled in what we do, items in the costume houses can be museum quality and we would be required to handle them wearing white cotton gloves should we be researching in an institution yet in our day to day work we regularly handle incredible pieces of original clothing, getting right inside and examining the details of the make. It's great practice to maintain a fresh eye for detail, as well as good fun.

Often the stuff just sitting around on shelves is enough to get me excited - Catherine's collection of shoe samples, still on the lasts, was fascinating.

By the way, Nat has just started his own blog - Costumology, worth checking out.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

A friend of a friend has started this great blog, Sunday Mornings.
It's a collection of slightly older, smartly dressed, Italian churchgoers. They look splendid and remind me of the same types I became fascinated by when we were living in Spain.

A good point of costume reference at some stage, I'm sure.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Sarah Dutton, Costume Designer in the making, found this postcard in the Strathspey Railway shop at Aviemore station and thought it might be of interest as I am collecting workwear images. 
The description on the back declares that it is a freight train being loaded at Paddington station, platform 1, early morning 1922. 
Thanks to Sarah.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

I found these early 20th century mens shoes in Angels just before Christmas.

It was hard to capture the exaggerated shapes clearly in a photo but the full toecap is similar to the Bulldog Toes I blogged about previously and a point on the outside edge of the welt is something I've not seen before.
The shoes are tiny, maybe that's why they were able to survive in such perfect condition,

Teamsters, David and John.