Sunday, February 21, 2016

In Progress: New Supportive Garments

At the beginning of the year, I talked about my plan to reboot my garb wardrobe by re-addressing bust support. After several hours lost in thought about this, I realized that I had two valid options, and I thought I'd walk through them. I have already made my choice, but I think it's valuable to really look at the pros and cons for both.

Before I get into it, I want to highlight for you three articles I think you should read on this subject. Medieval Silkwork has 2 articles on Supportive Underwear - in Visual Sources and in Written Sources. The third article is By My Measure's post On Cleavage and Breast Mounds.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Basics of French Women's Clothing 1400-1440 : Part 3

So, today we come to the last leg of our look at women's clothing in the early 15th century, as depicted in the handful of manuscripts I've been studying. In part one we looked at the two dress layers all women shared, in part two we looked at the fashionable dress layers for the three lower groups of women on the social class ladder. Today, we'll look at fashionable dress for the noble and royal classes.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Basics of French Women's Clothing 1400-1440 : Part 2

Last week, we took a look at the bottom layers shared by all French women in the early 15th century, the skin layer of chemise and chausses, and the supportive or base layer of a cotte or tunic. This week, we'll begin to take a look at the third layer- the fashion layer.

When it came to the skin and base layers, the class groups of women were not particularly distinguishable from each other, except that the loose tunic was nearly always worn only by women in the indentured class or by older women. For the third layer, however, the groups begin separating out from each other even more.