Forgot your password?  

Research Article: Medieval Europe 814-1450: Fashion

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 107 pages of information about Medieval Europe 814-1450.
This section contains 1,636 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Medieval Europe 814-1450: Fashion Encyclopedia Article

Early Aristocratic Dress for Women

Layers.

During the period when court costume was evolving, the clothing of aristocratic women mirrored the men's layered look, although women did not wear braies or underpants. Throughout the entire period treated in this chapter, noblewomen wore a chemise or camise (Anglo-Saxon, "smock") next to their bodies. The aristocratic version of the chemise was similar to the one worn by peasant women, but in the late eleventh century this basic undergarment became more elaborate; the neckline was gathered with cords within a decorative band of piping that was secured at the front, later replaced with a button and loop fastening. The wrists of the sleeves were similarly decorated, and the embroidery of both the sleeves and the neckbands was allowed to show when the lady was completely dressed. The fabric at the shoulder and upper arm and...

(read more)

This section contains 1,636 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Medieval Europe 814-1450: Fashion Encyclopedia Article
Follow Us on Facebook