As a historical costumer, good pictures of original garments are invaluable sources of inspiration. Recently I've been enjoying the online collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They have a handy search feature that allows you to look for keywords. For instance - I searched 'dress' and I get 200+ pages of original garments and paintings all usually with names, dates, orignal owner, country of origin and type of material. Very nice. Enjoy! I hope you find some costume inspiration.
Here are a few goodies I was drooling over tonight.....
Isn't this silk fabric adorable?
Robes a la Polonaise. I love the skirt drapes!
Dior 1957 black silk evening dress
Such complicated yet delicate trim!
Do leave a comment if you know of other websites that are good sources for historical costume research!