I have often boasted of just how blessed I am in my circle of creative friends and family. When I put out a plaintive plea for assistance with adding detail to my Victorian characters in Floretta Deliverance Hughes, my brilliant costume student cousin Lizzie picked up my thrown gauntlet with gusto.
The Kyoto Costume Institute’s online archive is quickly becoming an addiction for me now. Almost two hundred years worth of images and historical details available at a click. It’s the accompanying information that make this such an essential resource for historical writers. Quick and easy way to get a basic education in fashion, though exclusively focused on women’s styles.
For a slightly more balanced approach, and a site which offers an even broader education into historical fashion, there is the Victoria and Albert museum website.
In addition to information and inspiration for character clothing, there are articles on furnishing styles to aid in descriptions of the rooms your characters sit in whilst wearing their fabulous frocks. Bigger picture articles such as the one on Gothic Revival explore architecture as well.
These images here have given me some much needed inspiration.