I have never been able to muster much enthusiasm for the fashion during the Middle ages, but it would be nice to be able to attend Medieval events. After delving into the fashion mysteries of the Dark ages a bit I feel that I actually can feel enthusiastic for the 15th century and mostly for the type of gown that is often called Burgundian.
|Detail from The Donne Triptych by Hans Memling c. 1475|
Of course that would also mean that I need to make a shift.
|Detalhe de um quadro por Boccace, Le Décaméron, Flandres, século XV. Mulher de camisa a vestir porvavelmente uma saia.|
And I would probably also make breast support. I do need something to keep them in check and a snugly fitted shift doesn't make it. And now we have the Lengberg brassiere which Katafalk has made and as her bosom is almost as large as mine I Think it will work well for me.
|Detail from The Raising of the Cross found here.|
And suitable headgear. I find myself quite attracted to these cut-off cones, for some obscure reason.
|Portrait of A Lady by Rogier van der Weyden, c. 1460|
|Portrait of A Young Woman, attributed to Hans Memling, second half of the 15th century|
I like a lot of 16th century fashions, but I would probably go for a German gown from the first half of the century..
|Katharina von Bora by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526|
|Lucas Cranach or his workshop, 1525|
Or a very late style, which actually would work on both side of the year 1600.
|Johann Jacob Firnhabers stambok, 1614-1620|
Regardless of style I would, of course, need the suitable underpinnings.
I've already started, but I want to make a mantua as well. No, I want to make two, one early from the 1670's and one that could work for either side of the year 1700. I find it facinating that a T-shaped garment imported from the East could evolve into the iconic gowns of the 18th Century. I recently bought a whole bolt of japanese kimonofabric in thin striped wool and I Think it would be interesting to make an early mantua out of it. The fabric is only 35 cm wide, but the front pieces of the extant garments I have seen the pattern of has that width. It isn't too farfetched that the first mantuas were made up from sucj narrow wirdths and I want to make one just to see how I would need to pierece that fabric. And then I want to make a later style to compare.
|Eleonore, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg, German school, dated 1658-1680 but I think it can be narrowed down to the 1670's when one consider the mantua and the hairstyle.|
|Lighweight wool in brick red with White and yellow pattern. The pattern is not period correct, but as stripes were popular I think it can work anyway.|
|Embroidered mantua c. 1700|
But before I make either of them, I need stays. Yay, I new reason to make stays! I want to make the pink ones in V&A, only not in pink.
|Silk stays, 1660-1680|
I also need to make a shift to suit and the later Mantua needs to be topped of with a fontange.
For all the changing fashions of the 19th century, very few tempts me. I do like the fashion in the late 1820's/early 1830's. The waist is more or less back to there it is supposed to be, the skirts and arms are getting fuller.
|Green velvet evening gown, 1830's|
Also, some seriously crazy hair was going on.
|Lady In Brown Dress with Fur Collar by Etienne Bouchardy, 1832|
|Eugenie Hortense Auguste Napoleon de Beauharnais by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1826|
I have an-almost-completed Regency corset and from what I can gather that style would work a bit later as well.
And, of course, I would need a chemise. And for every period I need proper shoes and this and that to complete it all. So clearly it will all take some time to make it all. I will start with the 17th Century stays and then the early Mantua and then we'll see. It seems likely to be 19th Century as there is a rather lively 19th Century Group in Stockholm. For the summer I will focus on the robe battante and my 40's wardrobe, though.