Abiti Antichi — In Italian. Lots of beautiful pictures of someone’s collection of extant clothing from the 18th century through the 1930s. Easy to navigate, even if you can’t read Italian. There is one page in English that explains the site.
American Centuries: Dress Up — From the memorial Hall Museume, a visual guide to what Americans wore from the late 17th century through to the early 20th century. (I prefer the non-flash, “printer friendly” versions of each link.)
Antionette’s Closet: Dressing the Queen — “This site is dedicated to the fabulous clothing of Marie Antoinette and the Rococo era. You can find pictures of surviving clothing, paintings and illustrations here.”
Australian Dress Register — “The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975. This includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday.”
Bayreuth 2007 — Photos from an 18th century event in Bayreuth Germany. Really gorgeous costumes.
Before the Automobile — Blog by Finnish woman about 18th & 19th century clothing. Includes lots of photos of her beautiful creations.
Bibliothèque des Artes Décoratifs — (In French) Large online collection of fashion plates from the late 18th to 19th centuries. To Search: 1) Click “Recherche simple”; 2) Type “mode” in ”Termes de recherche”; 3) Select “Album Maciet” in ”Document numérisés”; 4) Click “Rechercher”; 5) Wait until the results display in the left pane; 6) Check one or more of the results; 7) Click “Voir les notices”; 8) Under each selection in the right pane, click “Voir les vignettes Maciet” to see the fashion plates.
blog.mode: addressing fashion — Blog from the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum. The blog is no longer updated, but still has some interesting information about items in the collection.
Boleslav Orlicki’s Light Artillery — “A Private Military Unit periodically in the service of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1633-1683” Includes clothing patterns & how-tos for Hungarian, Ottoman, Ukranian, & Muscovite clothing.
Byzantine World — Page with information and links about Byzantine clothing.
Commercial Pattern ArchiveNew! — The pattern archive, located at the University of Rhode Island, is a collection of commercial patterns, with the earliest from 1854. The online archive has a searchable index to the collection. In order to fully search the online archive, you must enroll using the form provided.
Compagnie Grolle — (Netherlands) Site for a Norse 16th-17th century reenactment group. Has some cool pictures of the members in costume. In Dutch.
Ermine Street Guard, TheNew! — “The Ermine Street Guard Roman Reenactment Society is dedicated to research into the Roman Army and the reconstruction of Roman armour and equipment. ” Some articles and photos on reenactment events, but not a lot of costuming information.
Fashion-era — ”Contains 100+ content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Textiles and Social History.”
Frank B. Rodolph Photographic Collection — Located at the Bancroft Library of UC Berkeley, this is a collection of 1200+ photographs taken by Rodolph around California and Alaska in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. Unfortunately, they are not arranged in any particular order, so a lot of “hunt & peck” is required to find photos of interest.
Freyle Manuscript — Manuscript pages from Diego de Freyle, which contains period patterns, from the late 16th century.
Genevieve d’Aquitaine — Genvieve’s SCA site with info about her costumes: Elizabethan, Italian renaissance, middle eastern, Russian, etc. Some of the pages include a basic pattern/layout.
Gentlemen of Fortune — Pirate Living History and Pirate Reenacting. Late 17th and early 18th century.
Grand Ladies — Lots of portraits of “grand” ladies from late 15th century through the Belle Epoque, approx. 1914.
Historische Bekleidung / Vintage Clothing — In German. Really divine reproduction costumes, mostly 18th century. To view the gallery, select “Historische Bekleidung” from the menu, then “Unsere Reproduktionen” from the dropdown.
i.Chimaera — Michaela de Bruce’s costumes run the gamut from medieval and renaissance to “Moulin Rouge” and “Phantom of the Opera” costumes. Her site has articles on hair & clothing, mostly from the early 20th century. She is also the owner of the Frazzled Frau site.
Introduction to 18th Century Clothing — From Colonial Williamsburg. Great site with lots of information and pictures of Colonial era clothing. In the Multimedia - Slideshows section, there is a great collection of costume reproduction photos.
LACMA: Patterns From Our Collection — From the LACMA, patterns drawn from garments in their collection. The patterns are drawn to scale, with minimal instructions, so they are not for the novice sewer.
Lantern — An archive of books and magazines, many from the first half of the 20th century.
Library and Archives Canada — Flickr account for the Bibliothèque Canada. Lots of photos & artwork from the 19th century and early 20th century.
Living History - Denmark — (In Danish & some English) Living history site with portraits & effigies of Danish people from the 16th & 17th centuries.
Maniacal Medievalist — Lots of great information, patterns, and tutorials for 11th-16th century clothing.
Mara Riley’s Costume Page — From the website: “Dedicated to 17th & 18th century costume in Europe and the American colonies.” Site has patterns and instructions for making various clothing items; essays on costume of this era; and photos of extant garments. Has some info on late 17th & 18th c. Scottish Highland clothing
Mme Chantberry - Belle Robe — Site by a Polish costumer, with medieval through 18th century costumes. Of special interest are her Polish renaissance costumes.
Naergi’s Costuming Site — Personal costuming site, in English & German, with costumes from Elizabethan to Victorian, and recreations from various movies. She has pages devoted to screenshots from many movies, tutorials, and more.
Surviving Garments Database — “A searchable catalog of surviving garments from Europe and the Mediterranean from the dawn of time up through approximately 1500.”
Suzi Clarke - Costumier — (UK) Although she no longer makes costumes for sale, she has a great gallery of prior projects - 15th-19th c. costumes
Temps d’élégance — (In French) This site is mostly in french, but many of the articles also include English translations. The site owner is a costume designer who recreates gorgeous (mostly 18th century) clothing. Lots of articles, blog posts and photos.
Westminster Menswear ArchiveNew! — “The Westminster Menswear Archive has examples of some of the most important and exciting menswear garments covering the last 100 years. […] Additionally, the archive includes an extensive range of utilitarian and uniform garments from the Army, Police, US Marines, GPO, Coldstream Guards, the French fire service and others.”
Witness2fashionNew! — Blog on everyday clothing from the 18th through mid-20th centuries. Lots of images of fashion plates and advertisements, along with photos of extant clothing.