A Personal Choice Of Mine Before Attending A Renaissance Festival
A personal choice of mine before attending a renaissance festival is to purchase my costume online than go for a designer and have one custom-made for me. And in my many years of experience, I know that this has worked out for many people too.
One reason why I always opt to go online instead is because of the number of options made available to me in terms of design. When I have a particular costume I want in mind, I go through the list of my chosen medieval shop and check if they carry one. The good thing about this is that when I want something and they have it, I know how it automatically looks the moment I receive it. This isn't the case with designers. With designers, you would have to look at a drawing of the design and hope that when you get your dress or medieval wardrobe, it's the same as you imagined and it looks perfect on you.
Another reason is the price. When I search online, I find designs at a hundred dollars or less while if I go for a designer, I would be paying not only for the materials but for the designer's fees as well, which would then translate into double costs. And knowing how much designers charge for their services, the cost of one design would be almost the same as a dress with accessories or even two.
There's also the fact that online medieval stores have more knowledge of medieval clothes. Online medieval stores sell clothes that are not only well-designed but are well-researched as well. A personal favourite of mine, Renaissancemodel.com, researches medieval designs through medieval portraits and paintings to make sure that their customers get authentic looking wardrobe.
Last but not least, is the fact that medieval stores could offer me suggestions. Because they are familiar with medieval clothes and fashion, they know what goes with which. Aside from clothes, there are options like shoes, accessories, everything that could possibly make your costumes look authentic; all of which are under the same store. So you don't have to go out looking for a nice looking pair of shoes or search through costume shops or accessory shops for the perfect necklace to match because they have everything under the same roof!