Exciting News: Historical Society tour conjures up the spirits of the prohibition era!

“Historical Society tour conjures up the spirits of the prohibition era!”

Read TBR News Media’s article here: http://tbrnewsmedia.com/historical-society-tour-conjures-spirits-prohibition-era/

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Upcoming: Fashion Show inspired by Downton Abbey

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We are providing several amazing pieces from our collection for a Downton Abbey-inspired Fashion Show at the Port Jefferson Village Center, overlooking Port Jefferson Harbor and the Long Island Sound, on Sunday, May 15th 2016. Sponsored by The Port Jefferson Harbor Education and Arts Conservancy, the event includes a Tea with finger sandwiches provided by Savories by Amanda. Bring Your Own Tea Cup for a chance at a prize!

FashionShow2016flyerThe Fashion Show will feature both Men’s and Women’s fashions from the Edwardian Era in which Downton Abbey is set, and demonstrate the multitude of looks that would be worn at different times of the day as well as typical seasonal clothing. Edwardian styles will also be familiar from popular stories and films such as Titanic, Mary Poppins, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest & The Ideal Husband, The Music Man, Somewhere In Time, Out of Africa, Funny Girl, and the movie version of My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn.

Tickets are $40 and available through The Village Center by phone, please call (631) 473-4778. Seating is limited!

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Mary Poppins Tickets Now On Sale!

Mary Poppins Northport-East Northport Opening Night of Northport-East Northport Community Theater’s production of Mary Poppins is quickly approaching, and tickets are now on sale!

This colorful and cheery perennially popular story is fun for children and adults alike, and Northport-East Northport Community Theater is renowned for their talented performances and quality productions, offering you an enjoyable and affordable night at the theater for the whole family, right here on Long Island.

It is our pleasure to continue to be to go-to source for accurate and whimsical costumes for the cast, and we’ve been very busy outfitting members and preparing the garments for the show. The promotional image above features our hat, and what a lovely teaser it is!

For more information about the show and tickets:
http://northportcommunitytheater.org/currentproduction.html

You can also follow the theater company on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/northportcommunitytheater/

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Votes For Women – The Long Island Movement Lake Ronkonkoma Free Library 100th Anniversary Gala

Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement by Antonia PetrashOrganized by the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association and Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association, the annual march for woman suffrage will be taking place this Saturday, April 17th in Lake Ronkonkoma. This year’s event also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Lake Ronkonkoma Free Library, the construction of which was overseen by avid suffragist Lillian DeVere.

All are welcome to participate in the march to bring visibility to the historic movement for woman’s right to vote and are encouraged to dress in period clothing. Bring lunch to enjoy after the march, and stay for the presentation by Ann M. Becker, PhD. Dr. Becker is currently an Assistant Professor at the Long Island Center of SUNY Empire College. Coffee, tea and desserts will be served.

For more information about the march rendezvous point and schedule:
Here Comes the Parade! Sunday, April 17, 2016 | LongIslandWomanSuffrage.com

Photos from last year’s march:
Photo by Art Weingartner Photo by Joe Maniaci, 2015

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Easter 2016

easterbunnyEaster is Sunday, March 27th, this year! Rent an adorable bunny costume for your Easter events– we have two versions, one with a full, plush character head, and one with a hood with ears that shows the wearer’s face.

We also have an amazing selection of hats to complement your Sunday Best (or let us dress you head-to toe!), Whether you’re attending services, brunch, or the famed New York Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival!

View our Easter Bunny costumes here: Easter Section
View a portion of our selection of hats here: Hat Gallery

Also check out the rest of our Costume & Prop Gallery for more ideas! We have many more items than currently pictured, if you have a specific idea that you’re looking for, feel free to inquire. We are available from 9 to 5 weekdays if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment. Please call us at (631)331-2261 or email for more information!

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Looking To Plan A Unique Wedding?

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Over the past forty years, our business has costumed all of the celebrations of life, and our specialty is weddings.

Recently, we were asked to participate in the launch of a new local wedding resource website, Brides & Guides, and it was a great reminder to showcase some of the amazing weddings we’ve costumed.

Though the most popular themes we’ve done have been 20s and Victorian, we are able to costume entire wedding parties in historical attire from just about any era to create the wedding of your dreams!

When we outfit a bride and her wedding party, in addition to our selection of gowns, we provide all the accessories and underpinnings to produce the desired silhouette, including corsets, bras, bustles, petticoats, crinolines, hoops, pantaloons, gloves, shoes, boots, veils, tiaras and jewelry. For men, we have complete period attire for all seasons, which includes appropriate shirts, vests, cravats, bow ties, hats, spats, shoes, pumps, walking sticks, gloves, and capes, as well as cuff links & studs, pocket watches, stick pins, monocles, and cigarette/calling card cases. We even have the pillow for your ring bearer!

View the Wedding Section for more photos of our garments in action, and the rest of our Costume & Prop Gallery for more ideas! We have many more items than currently pictured, if you have a specific idea that you’re looking for, feel free to inquire. We are available from 9 to 5 weekdays if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment. Please call us at (631)331-2261 or email for more information!

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St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is a week away, and with many of the parades on Long Island taking place this weekend, there is still time to find appropriate and festive attire!

We have elegant formal wear for Grand Marshals, Honorees, and parade officials, whether you require a complete outfit from head to toe, or just a top hat to complete your look. Our wide range of historic costumes is perfect for drawing attention to your floats. For those of you driving vintage and antique cars, you can dress in the same era as your beloved ride! For marchers, attendees, and party goers, we can assist with the wearing o’ the Green, and we have a great selection of hats, vests, bowties, and neckties that can be added to your own outfits as well.

Take a look at our Costume & Prop Gallery for more ideas, and we have many more items than currently pictured! If you have a specific idea that you’re looking for, feel free to inquire. We are available from 9 to 5 weekdays if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment. Please call us at (631)331-2261 or email for more information!

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Photos from Dickens & Holiday Events

We were very busy with the Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival and other events with family and friends, and we are excited to share some pictures at last! We will add more photos as we get them.

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It was an honor indeed to be recognized alongside Pat Darling Kiriluk, this year’s Dickens Honoree, for our contributions to the Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival.


VBR Postman Pete Cover
Miller Place-Mount Sinai Historical Society‘s Postman Pete was featured on the front cover of the December 10th issue of The Village Beacon Record! Click to view the issue online.

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Holiday Treat: Downton Abbey’s Text Santa 2015

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For all of you Downton Abbey fans and lovers of the elegant post-Edwardian era, ITV‘s annual charity fundraising event Text Santa took place yesterday and brought us another wonderful Christmas-themed parody video featuring the cast of Downton Abbey:

Here is last year’s video (Part 1):

And Part 2:

Our entire main floor is currently devoted to an exhibit of forty (40) Edwardian and post-Edwardian ensembles in honor of Downton Abbey’s final season. We will be hosting tea tours by appointment after the first of the year! Please contact us by phone (631) 331-2261 or email (nan@antiquecostumes.com) for more information on scheduling a tour or costuming appointment.

We’ll be posting pictures from the Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival and other holiday events soon! If you have photos of yourself or others in our costumes on facebook, please follow our page and tag us!

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Upcoming: 2015 Holiday Events & The Port Jefferson Dickens Festival

It’s that time of year! So many wonderful holiday-themed events are just around the corner, and sure to get you in the holiday spirit!


Flier-GSCC-Miracle-On-Main-Street-revised2-e1447280220463 Miracle on Main Street Saturday, November 28th, 2015
Presented by the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce. Family fun activities include live music & entertainment, movies in the street, Charles Dickens characters, a Christmas Tree lighting, live reindeer, Santa Claus and more!
http://greatersayvillechamber.com/miracle-on-main-street/


Port Jefferson Chamber Santa Parade Port Jefferson Chamber Santa Parade November 28, 2015
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Main Street, Port Jefferson Village
http://portjeffchamber.com/events-calendar/santa-parade/


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Meet Santa in his workshop! Photo opportunity.
November 28th 3-6 pm
November 29th 1-5 pm
December 5th 1-5 pm
December 6th 1-5 pm
December 12th 1-5 pm
December 13th 1-5 pm
http://portjeffchamber.com/events-calendar/santas-workshop/


PostmanPete2015A Christmas Visit With Postman Pete
Miller Place – Mount Sinai Historical Society‘s Annual event inviting children to bring their letters for Santa to the Old Miller Place Post Office so that Postman Pete can deliver them to the North Pole! Afterwards, there are refreshments and caroling at the historic William Miller House. Children will receive a letter from Santa following the event.
http://www.mpmshistoricalsociety.org/new_site/assets/images/PostmanPete2015.pdf


TVHSCandlelight TVHS 37th Annual Candlelight House Tour
The Three Village Historical Society invites you to attend it’s 37th Annual Candlelight House tour, Visions of Stony Brook: A Look Back in Time, a spectacular showcase of five select homes and the All Souls Church in the Three Villages decked out in dazzling holiday finery by talented local decorators. The Friday Night tour is 21 and over only.
http://www.threevillagehistoricalsociety.org/?tribe_events=37th-annual-candlelight-house-tour


The Port Jefferson Village Charles Dickens Festival holds a special place in our heart and is not to be missed! This annual event, celebrating its twentieth year, takes place on December 4, 5 & 6, 2015.


Video courtesy of the Port Jefferson, NY Facebook Page

DickensTBRCoverThe Port Times Record/Times Beacon Record has published their guide to the festival, which includes a Calendar of Events, features about some of the events and exhibits on display, and a lovely spotlight on this year’s Honoree, our good friend, Pat Darling Kiriluk. You can view a digital version here: Times Beacon Record: An Invitation to the Twentieth Annual Port Jefferson Village Charles Dickens Festival

You can also view the schedule of events (including some that extend past the festival dates) at the official Port Jefferson Dickens Festival website.

Also check out and like the Port Jefferson Dickens Festival Facebook Page!


Harbor-Hills-Latern-Light-Tour-2015-1024x729 Homes of Harbor Hills-Lanternlight House Tour December 12, 2015
Tour five selected, upscale grand homes located in the Harbor Hills area of Port Jefferson, decorated for the holidays. Ticket holders can choose just the house tour for $25 or the tour plus ‘Seasonal Cheer Gathering’ at Port Jefferson Country Club at Harbor Hills-Lombardi on the Sound Restaurant from 3:30-4:30 for $45.
http://portjeffchamber.com/events-calendar/homes-of-harbor-hills-lantern-house-tour/


Hawkins House Yaphank Historic District Christmas Tour December 12, 2015
The Yaphank Historical Society will be giving their Annual Christmas Tour of the Historic District on Saturday, December 12. The holiday-themed tour includes 7 historic homes and buildings all within walking distance, and refreshments at the end.
http://www.yaphankhistorical.org/yhs_newsltr_11_2015.pdf


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The Music Man Opens to Rave Reviews

musicmanphotoWe’re pleased to hear that the opening night of Northport-East Northport Community Theater‘s production of The Music Man was so enthusiastically received! Tickets are still available for the remaining shows this coming weekend!

Read more about it here:
https://www.facebook.com/northportcommunitytheater/posts/959879337411585

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Now Costuming for the Dickens Festival!

IMG_7277The 20th Annual Port Jefferson Dickens Festival is three weeks away and with other events taken care of, we are now ready to take appointments for participants in need of costumes or accessories for the festival weekend! Please call (631) 331-2261 to make an appointment, we are open Monday through Friday from 9 to 5.

Preview the Early Victorian Daytime section of our Gallery for appropriate garments:
AntiqueCostumes.com: Early Victorian/Dickens

For more information about this annual event:
The Village of Port Jefferson: Dickens Festival Website
Port Jefferson Dickens Festival Facebook Page

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Upcoming: The Music Man at Northport-East Northport Community Theater

musicmanAfter weeks of preparation, the Northport-East Northport Community Theater will be celebrating Opening Night of their production of The Music Man tomorrow, Friday, November 13th, and running for two consecutive weekends. It is always a delight to work with Jennifer Lau in coordinating costumes for this local theater group’s shows!

For More Information about the show and tickets:
http://www.northportcommunitytheater.org/currentproduction.html
Also please visit and like the Northport-East Northport Community Theater on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/northportcommunitytheater/

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The Tale of a Fairy Godmother

Times Beacon Record Lifestyles Cover: The Tale of a Fairy GodmotherWe were delighted when we were contacted by The Times Beacon Record informing us that they were interested in doing a story about our business. During the phone interview, we invited them to visit and see the collection, and the story ended up being the cover and centerfold for this week’s Arts & Lifestyles section! Thank you so much to Ellen Barcel and Heidi Sutton for a lovely visit and this wonderful coverage!

The story was published in the November 5, 2015 issue of the paper, and you can also read the article here on the Times Beacon Record website:
http://tbrnewsmedia.com/costume-queen-dresses-up-long-island/

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Spirit Tour 2015: The Culper Spy Ring: From Secrecy to Victory

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This year’s Three Village Historical Society Spirit Tour on Saturday, October 17th was an overwhelming success. The ability of the actors to create an authentic 1770’s atmosphere was astonishing. Interaction between the actors and guests made it an exceptionally interesting and fun tour for both adults and children– it gave a glimpse into the lives and cultures of the people living in the area at the time, and guests were encouraged to solve a coded message in their programs using information from members of General George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring along the way.

As the costumer for this event each year, it is very rewarding to work with the tour’s volunteer actors, docents, and coordinators to help bring these stories to life with our historical garments and artifacts. This annual tour is a real community effort: The Three Village Historical Society works in cooperation with both the Setauket Presbyterian Church and Caroline church, and local businesses donate food for the occasion.

Here is a link to more photos from this year’s tour, courtesy of Three Village Historical Society’s Facebook Page:
Spirits are telling tales of the Revolutionary War tonight at the Presbyterian and Caroline Church cemeteries in Setauket
Here is a link to our post with photos from last year’s Spirit Tour:
Three Village Historical Society’s Culper Spy Ring Spirit Tour 2014

We look forward with anticipation to see what they will come up with for next year!

SPIESIf you missed the 2015 Spirit Tour, the Three Village Historical Society also has an exhibit that runs on Sundays from 1 to 4pm and by appointment:

Spies! How a Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution

There are also some excellent books about George Washington’s Spy Ring on Long Island that you can check out:

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