This general usage has gradually been replaced by the terms "dress", "attire" or "wear" and usage of "costume" has become more limited to unusual or out-of-date clothing and to attire intended to evoke a change in identity, such as theatrical, Halloween, and mascot costumes.
Before the advent of ready-to-wear apparel, clothing was made by hand. When made for commercial sale it was made, as late as the beginning of the 20th century, by "costumiers", often women who ran businesses that met the demand for complicated or intimate female costume, including millinery and corsetry.
Stage clothes is a term for any clothes used by performers on stage. The term is sometimes used only for those clothes which are specially made for the stage performance by a costume designer or picked out by a costume coordinator. Theatrical costumes can help actors portray characters' age, gender role, profession, social class, personality, and even information about the historical period/era, geographic location and time of day, as well as the season or weather of the theatrical performance. Stage clothes may be used to portray a historical look or they can be used to exaggerate some aspect of a character.
Any clothing used by performers (singers, actors, or dancers) on stage may be referred to as stage clothes. More specifically, the term is sometimes used only for those clothes which are specially made for the stage performance by a costume designer or picked out by a costume coordinator. However, many performers also pick up regular clothes and make them their "trademark look" on stage.
Costume was first published by Bonnier Publishing Oy on 22 August 2012. The magazine was part of the Bonnier Group until February 2014 when it was acquired by Aller Media. Following the transaction its publisher became Aller Media Oy. The magazine has its headquarters in Helsinki and is published on a monthly basis.
The target audience of Costume is young women in their twenties. The magazine features articles on fashion, beauty, food, travel and also, covers celebrity interviews. It has also online and mobile editions. Sanna Sierilä is the editor-in-chief of the magazine.
In 2013 Costume had a circulation of 24,009 copies.