|Arms and Armour||Sites and Collections|
Christian Fletcher Armor. Excellent source. Lots of pictures.
History of Military Technology and Weapons. Canadian [Armed] Forces College, War, Peace and Security World Wide Web Server. An excellent site! Links to major military collections. [Gone missing, 12/11/01, JW. A real loss!]
StageSwords.com "a provider of stage and SCA/re-enactment weapons. Many are crafted by expert swordsman and hilt-smith John Davis, who has been a fight director for over 20 years. John is best known for playing Sir Nigel Hack in the swordfighting comedy show Hack and Slash at renaissance festivals around the country. He is also a long-standing member of the IOSP and teaches annually at the Paddy Crean workshop. We are also a dealer for Hanwei weapons, well-known for their durability. Although most of our weapons are for sale, we can also make arrangements for rentals for stage productions." Looks like a good resource for period arms costuming. [As of 9/16/15 Mr. Davis is "not available" according to his site. However, his web page continues to display his swords.]
Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design, a site maintained by the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamapaign. This excellent resource is housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Library. Navagation of this site is awkward; you can't get there directly from here! Use the pull-down menu at the top left of the page and select Motley Collection.
The following is a contribution from costumer Jami Borek, which I include here with links and Ms. Borek's commentary.
It is focused on 18th century clothing and costuming.
The Colonial Williamsburg site has some good information, but it can be hard to find. .
The Costume Gallery's Research Library, a comprehensive site, requires a subscription payment for use. [I haven't payed yet, so can't attest to the value of the site. JRW]
La Couturiere Parisiènne covers clothing from several periods. Excellent pictorial resource, with commentary. The site is in English and German.
The 18th Century Notebook a site maintained by Karen Larsdatter, with information regarding clothing in the Middle Ages, Renaissance and 18th Century.
Links to clothing in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and to others. The structure of this data base makes searches trying, but some will find the effort worthwhile.
All things Regency: An excellent resource maintained by Nancy Mayer, Regency Researcher ; and Jessamyn's Regency Costume Companion , perhaps not as authoritative or academic as the others but still worth a visit.
18th Century New England Life, a How-to for basic women's clothing common to middling class. Pretty lightweight, but with some good pictures.
The best costume book I've seen for theater purposes. It covers everything in a reliable way based on real clothing, but without overloading the details - is Costume in Detail 1730-1930 by Nancy Bradfield.
And finally, in my opinion the best pattern books available today are to be found at Amazon.com: The Cut of Womens Clothes -- 1600-1930 by Norah Waugh (she has "cut of mens' clothes" also); and Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomens Dresses and their Construction c. 1660-1860.
Last updated 6/9/18