Medieval European culture was obsessed with clothing. In Fashioning Change: The Trope of Clothing in High-and Late-Medieval England, Andrea Denny-Brown explores the central impact of clothing in medieval ideas about impermanence and the ethical stakes of human transience.
Reading textiles from medieval Norse society supplements written sources and also provides insight into the voice of the individual who created these textiles.
Before we go any farther, we should investigate the very practical suggestion that tightly fitted clothing resulted from developments in “cutting and sewing technology.” In the case of twelfth century Europe, however, it seems there was no real change in the tools of the trade; for example, iron shears, which might seem primitive, continued to be used by tailors into the late middle ages.
The discovery of female undergarments from the 15th century is making international headlines. Now more details are being released by the University of Innsbruck.
A recent discovery in an Austrian castle has revealed that bras existed back in the 15th century.
The aim of this article is to present the changing fashions of headgear of the ruling elite in the Mamluk Empire throughout their reign in Egypt and Syria, and to show how fashion and headgear functioned as markers of social differences in a medieval Islamic society
A practical guide to making your own Norse Viking garment!
There were considerable developments in fashion over this period. During the 14th century a tailoring revolution resulted in a new shape to clothing.
In the early fourteenth century a drastic change took place in the clothing of upper-class European men, a change which swept rapidly across Western Europe.
It may be possible to substitute a readily available double coated sheep fleece from the American Southwest for the original Scandinavian double coated fleece in order to make suitable vadmal fabric for clothing
Sumptuary legislation can be defined as a set of regulations, passed down by legislators through statutory law and parliamentary proclamations, that sought to regulate society by dictating what contemporaries could own or wear based on their position within society.
The issue of a Muslim woman’s dress code has been debated for centuries. This is of great importance as it is widely used as a criterion to measure the extent of a woman’s piety or devotion to Allah.
Up until the 16th century shoes were indeed hazardous, as fashion had favoured a flat, elongated gothic shoe with exaggeratedly long toes, both for men and women.
This thesis provides a comparison of the 1363 English sumptuary law, the most comprehensive of the fourteenth-century English sumptuary laws, with available fabric prices from the fourteenth century.
A number of the clergy who had served on the tribunal later testified, during the posthumous investigations and appeal of the case (1450, 1452, and 1455-56) after the English were expelled, that the transcript and judges had misrepresented the circumstances and hence the theological implications.
Fashion underpinned the commercial growth and cultural transformation of western society. From at least the sixteenth century, fashion’s demotic stimuli unleashed desires across European social ranks.
Drawing together archaeological evidence of textiles, fastenings, and artwork, from Scandinavia and neighbouring cultures around the 8th-10th centuries.
A medieval pilgrimage was a dangerous undertaking. The search for salvation and spiritual as well as physical healing could end in illness, injury, even death.
The leather described here spans a range of 600 years and provides an insight into one of York’s principal trades during the Anglo-Scandinavian and medieval periods
What do we mean by coloured clothes? Or rather, what did the saga writers mean by their term litklæði?
The study of costume of the past is not a study which can be picked up for the sake of dating a painting and then dropped. It demands the same detailed research, background knowledge, and acute observation, combined with imaginative insight, that are essential to the study of art history.
Talking about medieval leather clothing with designer Jessica Caruso-Reynolds of Emporium Custom Leathers
Professor Berman’s paper details a story about changes in weaving found in the Gesta abbatum Trudonsium…
The Importance of Fashion in Early Modern England Kubin, Lindsay Senior Seminar Thesis, Western Oregon University, May (2007) Abstract To twentieth century scholars…