I believe the internet is a wonderful thing! Here are a few of the online communities who love hats and costume. And some of the websites of the ‘real life’ communities who are fans of hats, costume and fashion. If you can recommend others then feel free to add them in the comments below.
On facebook in 2017 you have pages that you can ‘like’ and get regular news and updates. And you also have ‘groups’. Groups are basically forums. Some of them are closed and you have to submit a request to join them and some of them are open. If you have a friend on facebook you can usually click on their profile somewhere and find out what groups they are part of – a great way to discover new groups!
If you are still not sure what a facebook group is, then join one and have a look. You can always very easily leave again. It’s kind of a bit like being in a room with lots of people asking for help or telling you about interesting things, crossed with the old fashioned classified section at the back of the newspaper in ‘the olden times’ lol.
Some of my favourite facebook groups are:
Costume Networking Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/247250777959/
Costume Networking Group – Professionals – https://www.facebook.com/groups/305382816581158/
COSTUME GUILD ANYBODY? – https://www.facebook.com/groups/171756276212601/
Milliners’ Exchange – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1665448570345676/
Vinilla Burnham Costume Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1081348608621772/
Milliners – https://www.facebook.com/groups/139374516123311/
International Milliners Showcase – https://www.facebook.com/groups/international.milliners.showcase/
Millinery Artisan Guild – https://www.facebook.com/groups/49304008309/
Costume People – https://www.facebook.com/groups/323769584366740/
Mad About Hats…!! – https://www.facebook.com/groups/MadAboutHats/
Some of my favourite facebook pages for costume, millinery and fashion are:
Bit of shameless self promotion here – my own facebook page – Claire Strickland – Milliner – https://www.facebook.com/millinerclaire/
The John Bright Historic Costume Collection Revealed – https://www.facebook.com/CostumeHeritage/
The Hat Magazine – https://www.facebook.com/TheHatMagazine/
The school of historical dress – https://www.facebook.com/theschoolofhistoricaldress/
The Costume Society – https://www.facebook.com/thecostumesociety1965/