Various costumes and clothing inspirations, references, tutorials and creations from all aspects of costuming and fashion from the past, present and future, consolidated and created lovingly in a single place for your enjoyment.
Submissions are welcome and are very much encouraged.
Questions, comments and suggestions are also very much welcome through our ask page.
© All images belong to their respective owners as credited unless otherwise stated. Costumerism is brought to you by a group of London-based costumes enthusiasts.
More gorgeous non-traditional wedding kimono, from the same designer behind the peacock-feather uchikake. I don’t remember it being nearly this easy to find equally non-traditional wedding dresses in the US. (The designer’s site includes Western-style wedding dresses too… which are all basically giant frothy frilly strapless ballgowns, but just as colorful as the kimono.)
The second in my series of favourite Alexander McQueen collections is:
“It’s Only A Game” S/S 2005.
This show was one of the most original shows ever seen in the world of fashion. 36 models came out and took their place on what was a giant lit up chess board, only to proceed to do “battle” with each other, mimicking a real life game of chess….a metaphor for the fashion industry perhaps? Utterly amazing!
In terms of the collection itself, McQueen referenced past looks from his vast archive. Obviously being inspired by the Australian film “Picnic at Hanging Rock” which was set in the early twentieth century, there was a distinctly Edwardian theme evident throughout. The looks were less aggressive, and more feminine, and yet still very desirable. Of course coupled with his signature sharp tailoring, showmanship, and romantic dresses with a beautiful richness of couture; in my eyes it all makes for a winning and memorable collection.
*Side note: I’m not a huge fan of pastels but for this I HAD to make an exception. An example of pastel colouring done right!
Guo Pei’s work is always so epic and absurd. (More of her port here)
Most of this collection is from the Arabian 1002th Night (Youtube link!), and pretty much all accompanied by ridiculous shoes which I personally think ruin the effect of the movement (because the walking becomes jerky and stilted) BUT you totally have to watch the video to see all the sparkle.