• There Will Be Blood

There’s more to period costume design than figuring out the patterns. “Today’s fabrics often don’t work in other time periods,” explains costume designer Kimberly Adams in a fascinating story at Smithsonian.com. “The weights, textures and content are quite different, and these factors really do make a difference in making a costume look true to a time period.” The piece profiles Thistle Hill Weavers, which specializes in creating historically accurate textiles, spinning the thread and weaving the fabric on 100-year-old power looms.