With movies like Sherlock Holmes and The Young Victoria hitting the silver screen, it’s a great time to check out the fabrics used for period cosplay. Because of the nature of anime, manga, and even most video games, it can be tough to figure out what fabrics to use without a bit of outside research. Even though fabric for period costumes tends to cost a bit more, it only takes a glance at a cosplay made with those fabrics to see that the final result is definitely worth it! And once you’ve gotten the feel of working with those fabrics, you’ll probably start to look for excuses to use them in future costumes.
Personally, I’m excited to see Sherlock Holmes to get a sense of what people who weren’t nobility wore, for my future Kuroshitsuji cosplay. While The Young Victoria gave me some really good ideas for men’s shirts, there were (understandably) hardly any characters that weren’t a Duke or a Viscount, and the years between The Young Victoria and the last years of the 1800s when Kuroshitsuji is set might be enough to make a difference.
In general, whenever historical costuming and cosplay cross, looking to the movies for textures and 3D design elements is a fun way to research without feeling like you’re doing (too much) work.