Research

Parker R. McIntosh creates historical clothing and reproductions in Vancouver, British Columbia. He specializes in menswear from 1830 to 1920. Research interests include blanket coats, European fashions in Canada and British Columbia, as well as womenswear of the 1890s. Recent research is focused on 19th century tailoring guides and cutting systems.

Parker studies original books and garments and in private and museum collections to reproduce the techniques and garments as accurately as possible. Selections of his work have been shown in fashion shows produced by the BC Society for the Museum of Original Costume. Parker is a member of the Costume Society of America and will be showing his Canadian Costume at the CSA's 2019 Symposium.

Commissions & Custom Work

Parker takes on a small number of local commissions for historic clothing of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, 1830 to 1920. He is also available for consulting or commissions for film and television.

Examples of Parker's work may be seen in the Portfolio or on Instagram.

If you have a question or are interested in a commission or custom project, please get in touch through the contact page.

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About Parker

Parker has had a love for history since he was a small child fascinated by steam trains. Other childhood inspirations came from the Johnny Thunder Lego character, Sherlock Holmes, Road to Avonlea television show and the brilliant uniforms of the British military. Parker aspired to wearing Victorian clothing every day. Soon he began sewing and collecting to create his own wardrobe of period garments.

Parker's interests have expanded to include the 19th century way of life in Europe, Britain, and Canada. He has a passion for First World War history, as well as the fur trade and gold rushes of British Columbia.