Yeah, I know, I go through these periods of long silence on this blog, which is kind of sad, considering all the costuming activities I’m usually involved in. What typically happens is I’ll be up to my eyeballs in studying during the week and then on the weekends, I’ll be up to my eyeballs in sewing and/or a costume event, and by the time I get home, it’s either time to start studying again, or I’m just too exhausted to put any effort into writing up long, involved recaps of what I’ve been up to. That leads to a backlog of costumes I have to put up in the gallery, obviously.
Today is no exception, other than I’m going to make a concerted effort to get the new costumes online and to put a few sentences together about what I’ve been up to lately. Because I know y’all care.
Two things before I get on to the costume stuff… First of all, as I previously mentioned, this blog is no longer hosted through LiveJournal. To make updates appear on your f-list (or anywhere, for that matter) I’ve created an RSS feed. Click here for the URL and then copy & paste it into your RSS reader. Or, for LJ, you can “friend” ModeHistory and receive the updates on your f-list when they happen.
Second of all, I have created a Facebook page for this website. Please feel free to follow it! I’m really trying to cover all of the myriad of online bases, as well as consolodate info sharing as best as I can. If you’re not into Facebook, don’t worry… You’re not going to be missing out on a whole lot. Plus, you can always click on the Facebook page and read what I’ve posted without having to join.
And now, on to the costume content!
I’ll start with this past weekend:
The Usual SuspectsTM and I decided that we simply HAD to go to the LACMA’s Fashioning Fashion exhibit (because how often is this extensive an historical costume exhibit in our own state? Like, never), so we hopped on a plane that delivered us into the fabulous arms of Loren, who chauffered us around the LA area. First we hit the garment district so we could all unload any extraneous cash we had in our possession on costume-y related goodness (as you do), and then, around noon, we traipsed over to LACMA to meet up with Alyxx for lunch and then the exhibit.
I took a bunch of pictures on my iPhone, but I won’t post them because Loren took tons more that are eleven million times better. I will say, if you can get to LACMA before the exhibit wraps up on March 27th, 2011, you won’t regret it. The images in the catalog are lovely, but they really do not do justice to the garments in real life (mainly the fabric of so many of these outfits defies photography, so what looks like a fairly nondescript outfit in the book leaps out at you in real life).
Also, LACMA has put up a really cool online resource for the exhibit on their website. Check it out, for inside details on putting the exhibit together, including how they made their paper wigs for the mannequins, as well as downloadable free PDFs for patterns of some of the outfits on display.
In other news, I took my big comprehensive exam for grad school last Friday… I won’t find out for another couple of weeks if I passed, but now that it’s over, all the time I’ve been devoting to studying has suddenly opened up and so I cranked out a new 18th century jacket. Well, technically, “cranked” is not really true… I started it a while ago (and by “a while ago”, I mean “I don’t remember, because it’s been too long”) and have been noodling around on it for a few months now. But it’s finally in the finishing stages and will be accompanying me to Williamsburg next month.
Williamsburg, you say? Yep, goin’ to W’burg for the Costume Accessories conference, and the Reconstructed Visitable Past conference. It was nice of them to piggy back both conferences, I have to say. Mixing business with pleasure, as always.
That’s all for now! More to come soon, I promise!