We’ve all seen those painfully outdated fashion photos in magazines. But thankfully, one incredibly creative blogger has taken it upon herself to breathe new life into these old-school looks. Bernadette Banner is a filmmaker and dress historian best known for her YouTube channel documenting the exploration, reconstruction, and interpretation of historical dress. Her work focuses on English and American dress predating the widespread use of the electric sewing machine, with a particular focus on the years of dress between 1890 – 1914; all reconstruction work is done by hand or with the use of period-authentic machinery.
After some years working on costume design teams for Broadway, Bernadette graduated from New York University in 2017. She began collaborating with the School of Historical Dress team on reconstruction and publication projects.
So if you’re looking for some inspiration for your next retro look, be sure to check out her blog. You won’t be disappointed!
There’s no question that these recreations are spot on, but which one is your favorite? Do you have a go-to style for when you want to feel confident and look great? Let us know in the comments below.