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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Voting Results: Part 2 of 2

(Following on from Part 1.) Okay, you know how I said we would use the results in the unofficial poll to break any ties in the official vote? That’s exactly what happened. There were three names tied for 7th place in the Kickstarter vote: Queen Liliuokalani, Empress Theodora, and Catherine the Great. Liliuokalani and Theodora […]

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Voting Results: Part 1 of 2

The results are in for the 7 new costumes! Today I’m going to tell you about the first 6 because those are easy; tomorrow I’ll tell you about the 7th place tiebreaker. Ready? The first 6 are easy because they were far and away the favorites. Interestingly, the voting pattern was the same both with […]

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Voting results coming soon…

Thank you, everyone, for voting! The links to the surveys are now disabled and the votes have been counted. The response has been very exciting, in more ways than one. (Tiebreaker! Tiebreaker! Tiebreaker!) I’ll post the results as soon as I can either Tuesday or Wednesday. Stay tuned!

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It’s voting week!

The official ballots have gone out to all our Kickstarter backers to vote on the 7 new costumes their support is making possible (that’s in addition to the 10 costumes already announced and the two special commissions). We’re also inviting all of our friends and fans to vote in an unofficial straw poll that’s open […]

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Costume Candidate for 2013: Liliuokalani

Thanks to our Kickstarter campaign for 2013, we’re adding 19 new costumes this season, 7 of which our backers and supporters will get to vote on. This series of posts is designed to briefly introduce the many notable women and legendary figures we’ll be considering. Voting will take place spring/summer of 2013. Queen Liliuokalani was […]

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Costume Candidate for 2013: Annie Oakley

Thanks to our Kickstarter campaign for 2013, we’re adding 19 new costumes this season, 7 of which our backers and supporters will get to vote on. This series of posts is designed to briefly introduce the many notable women and legendary figures we’ll be considering. Voting will take place spring/summer of 2013. Will Rogers called […]

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