References, merchants, and historical costumers for those interested in portraying the “long sixteenth century.”
This is a wildly incomplete list and will be continuing to grow. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement.
Historical Costuming Communities
- The “Bees” of the Elizabethan Costume group on Facebook: Likely the largest and most active historical costuming group of this era I’ve found, with a mix of Ren Faire, SCA, hardcore reenactors, and hobbyists in it for fun.
- 16th Through Mid 19th Century Costume & Supplier Eco System Page: A Facebook Group designed for review and referrals. Run by solid guys.
Costumers & Tailors
- Drea Lead: http://www.elizabethancostume.net
- Dan Rosen: https://www.facebook.com/oldenglandgrownnew
- Margaret Roe: http://makerenaissanceclothing.com and http://renaissancepatternmaking.com
- Matthew Gnagy, The Modern Maker: A master of early seveenth century Iberian tailoring methods, best known for his pattern books.
- Louise Pass, Woodsholme Handworks: Louise has been supplying custom clothing and accessories for the 1500s for a long time.
- Tudor Tailor: http://www.tudortailor.com
- Tammie L. Dupuis: http://www.renaissancetailor.com
- Lynn McMasters: http://outofaportrait.com
- Sally Pointer: Knitwear such as caps and stockings. UK-based.
- Truly Carmichael, Truly Hats: An assortment of 16th & 17th century hats.
Shoes & Stockings
- Graziano Dal Barco, Historical Italian Shoes: A wide variety of historic shoe forms plus custom order options. Based in Italy.
- Maßwerk – Historische Schuhe: A wide variety and timespan of historical shoes. Based in Germany.
- Viking Leathercraft’s Latchet Shoe: A very affordable option, but note that latchet shoes only become widespread late into the 1500s.
- Painted Sky Pottery: Different historical pottery forms, based in Missouri.
- White Hart Pottery: Husband and wife team in Washington with a focus on Italian Maiolica wares.