Enter our 2013 Costume Contest

Note: Winners have been posted here. Our costume contest last year was such fun that we’re going to do it again this year. And this time with more prizes! We’re thrilled to announce that five Amazon gift certificates have been donated for our costume contest this time. That means we can offer a prize in […]

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On Friday the 13th, a thank you and a summing up

For most of the world, the 2013 Halloween season is just starting. For us, the 2013 season has been going on for months, as we designed and published the new costumes funded by our Kickstarter campaign. This week we unveiled the last of the 19 new costumes with Baba Yaga and Hedy Lamarr. Here’s the […]

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Happy Birthday, Your Majesty

One hundred and seventy-five years ago today, Queen Liliuokalani was born. In honor of the occasion we’re unveiling our new Liliuokalani costume, which is based on the beautiful portraits made of Her Majesty in the 1880s and 90s: Queen Liliuokalani was a big favorite with our backers and Facebook friends when we ran the survey […]

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Finally, the Trung Sisters

Our new Trung Sisters costume, which we published yesterday, has been a long time coming. People have been asking us for a DIY Trung Sisters costume since our very first year of operation. If you grew up in a Viet community, you’re of course familiar with the seamstress-made costumes sometimes worn on Hai Ba Trung […]

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What do Hypatia and Queen Christina have in common?

Aside from the fact that we have new costumes for both of them this season, which we published this week? They’ve both been the subjects of highly inaccurate movies with really cool costumes. Really cool costumes that we didn’t hesitate to mine for inspiration! Here’s Christina of Sweden, and notice the still photo of Greta […]

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Titans of twentieth century science

Check out our new Marie Curie costume page: And in case you missed it, last week we published Grace Hopper: Earlier in July we published Rosalind Franklin: And with that, the original trilogy of great modern scientists we promised in our Kickstarter is complete. But! Since you all voted for us to add a Hedy […]

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The greatest pirate of them all

We’ve been publishing our new pirate costumes in chronological order. First we had Grace O’Malley, who ruled the seas in Elizabethan times. Then we had Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who lived during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 18th century. And now our pirate trilogy is complete with Ching Shih (1775-1844), the […]

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It’s Rosalind Franklin Day!

Today is the birthday of Rosalind Franklin, who would be 93 years old if she were still with us. I’m delighted to see that Google is honoring her with a Doodle: We’re also celebrating the occasion with our new Rosalind Franklin costume page. (The color coordination with the Google Doodle is sheer coincidence. I hadn’t […]

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Pirates of the Caribbean (for real): Anne Bonny and Mary Read

Every time we publish a costume it becomes my new favorite. With our double Anne Bonny/Mary Read costume page, I now have two new favorites: That’s Anne on the left, dressed for shore leave in a combination of stolen finery and sailor slops. Mary on the right is dressed for ship duty—which is to say, […]

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Seventy-six years ago today…

July 2 is unofficial Amelia Earhart Day in the news every year, since it was on that day in 1937 that she and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared forever. TIGHAR is usually out on Nikumaroro Island this time of year, finding shoes or scrap metal or freckle cream jars. Did Amelia really end her days on […]

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How would you classify Grace O’Malley?

UPDATE: Okay, you’ve convinced me. Here, on Facebook, by email—everyone thinks Grace should be a queen. So we’re switching her over. **** I was just about to publish our new costume design for Grace O’Malley (above), when I realized I wasn’t sure what category to put her in. Although I refer to her in the […]

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Who wants to be an ancient Roman nun for Halloween?

Thanks to the wonderful Kickstarter backer who commissioned this costume, the dream can be yours. The Vestal Virgin is the second Special Request costume from our Kickstarter campaign (the first was Lasiren). The very generous sponsor of this costume prefers to remain anonymous, but thank you! The great thing about this costume is that it’s […]

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