Category Archives: Middle Ages

Middle Ages costumes and fashion. Period between 700 to 15th century. Style of Byzantine, Carolingian, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance.

Burgundian fashion. Italian medieval costume.

Burgundian fashion. Italian medieval costume. Burgundy dress. Gothic. Middle ages fashion. Horned hennin.

Siennoise en 1300

Burgundian fashion. Woman from Siena, Italy 13th century.

Siennoise en 1300

Italian noblewoman in Burgundian fashion, Gothic period, High middle ages.

Horned Hennin, ribbons and veils. The top dress with round neckline is made of precious damask and at the edges richly decorated with gold-embroidered fabric ornaments. The long wide sleeves that reach to the hands are covered with fur cuffs. The belt is worn high on the waist. The hairline is drawn far above what distinguishes a high forehead. The round décolleté is adorned with a heavy gold chain.

Source: Costumes historiques pour travestissements par Paul Gavarni (Guillaume Sulpice Chevalier 1804-1866)


Jack Cade and his insurrection. English history 1450.
Jack Cade and his insurrection. Jack Cade, assuming the name John Mortimer; (died July 12, 1450 ... Read more
1450 • 15th Century • England • Genre • Middle Ages • Renaissance
English history • Medieval costume • Pictures and Royal Portraits • Renaissance fashion era
Charles II the Bald. West Frankish king 9th century.
Charles II the Bald. West Frankish king 9th century. Carolingian period 751-987. Medieval c... Read more
10th Century • 8th Century • 9th Century • Carolingian • Court dress • Germany • Middle Ages • Military • Nobility
Byzantine fashion era • Knighthood • Medieval costume
Coats fashions 12th to 15th century.
Coats fashions 12th to 15th century. L'histoire du costume féminin français. Les modes du Moyen... Read more
12th Century • 1390 • 13th Century • 14th Century • 15th Century • Burgundian dress • Court dress • France • Middle Ages • Nobility
Burgundian fashion period • Gothic costumes • Medieval costume • Paul Louis de Giafferri
Life on a castle. Ready to leave. 16th century.
Life on a castle. Ready to leave. Chatelaine advances at the head of the procession. Mounted on a... Read more
1510 • 16th Century • Court dress • France • Middle Ages • Nobility
Medieval costume
Merovingian king Clovis as founder of St. Genevieve.
Merovingian king Clovis as founder of St. Genevieve. Clovis launching his ax with all the str... Read more
5th Century • Ancient • France • Gauls • Genre • Middle Ages
Medieval costume • Merovingian fashion and history • Paris à travers les siècles
Anglo-Saxon fashion history. England c. 460 to 1066.
  Content The Saxon costume period, c. 460 to 1066 With the advent of this perio... Read more
10th Century • 4th Century • 5th Century • 6th Century • 7th Century • 8th Century • 9th Century • Anglo-Saxon • British fashion history • England • Fashion History • Middle Ages
Charles H. Ashdown • Henry Shaw • Medieval costume • National and Domestic History of England
The ladies travel to see. Burgundy fashion 15th century.
The ladies travel to see. Burgundy fashion 15th century. Source: Les dames marinières. Le... Read more
15th Century • Burgundian dress • France • Headdresses • Middle Ages
Burgundian fashion period • Hennin • Medieval costume
Claude of France 1498-1524, Queen of France.
Claude of France 1498-1524, Queen consort of King Francis I. Claude de France from the House of V... Read more
1520 • 16th Century • Court dress • France • French Ancien Régime fashion • Middle Ages • Nobility • Renaissance
Medieval costume • Modes et Costumes Historiques • Renaissance fashion era • Tudor period

  1. Les Modes du Moyen Age de l’an 1037 à l’an 1461.
  2. Fashion and costumes from Ancient times until 19th century. Gallery
  3. German fashion in the 15th century. Men’s Dress. Medieval, Burgundy, Gothic,
  4. German medieval clothing in the 14th century. Medieval, Burgundy, Gothic,
  5. Italian 14th, 15th century fashion history. Medieval, Burgundy, Gothic,
  6. German fashion in the 14th century. Women`s & men`s dress. Medieval, Burgundy, Gothic,
  7. Medieval fashion history in Germany. 11th to 13th century.
  8. Fashion under the Reigns Charles VI., and Charles VII. 1380 to 1461
  9. Fashion under the Reigns of Louis XI., 1461 to 1515. Late medieval, Renaissance
  10. French Fashion History 12th to 14th century. Medieval, Burgundy, Gothic,
  11. Medieval Caps and Hoods fashion. 11th to 15th century.
  12. The Reticulated Headdress. Headdresses history, 15th century.
  13. Medieval shoes 10th to 15th century.
  14. Costumes and Fashion during the 15th century.
  15. The Corset and the Crinolin fashion history
  16. The Romance of the Rose. The Art of courtly love.
  17. The Lady of Tournament delivering the Price. Medieval, Burgundy, Gothic,
  18. King Henry VI. and his court. Medieval, Burgundy, Gothic,
  19. Margaret of Anjou Queen of Henry VI. and her court.
  20. The Limerick Mitre. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages.
  21. The influence of the Crusaders to the French clothing. Medieval, Burgundy, Gothic,
  22. The First Crusade. The Knights Hospitallers. Medieval, Burgundy, Gothic,
  23. The Crusades. The Knights Templar.
  24. The Crusaders in the 12th and 13 Century.
  25. The principality of Antioch. The crusades. Map of Syria. Historical Maps and places.
  26. Troubadour and page in the 13th century.
  27. Costumes and Fashion from ancient times until 19th century. Gallery.
  28. Gabrielle d’Estrées, mistress of the French King Henry IV. Renaissance fashion era.

Byzantine Knight and Chancellor costumes.

Ancient Byzantine nobility costume, Toga, Tunica. Byzantium Knight armour.

Byzantine Knight and Chancellor.

Ancient Byzantine Knight and Chancellor. Byzantine Nobility costumes.

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Byzantium Bishop, Deacon and Levite costumes.

Byzantine costumes. Byzantium Bishop, Deacon and Levite liturgical garment

Byzantine deacon, bishop, levite liturgical garment.

Byzantium Bishop, Deacon and Levite costumes.

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Byzantine nobility costumes 10th century. Court dresses.

Byzantine nobility, empress, prinzess, servant, costumes, crown, tunic, court, costume, habit, dress, illustration,

Byzantine empress and princess, servant.

Byzantine nobility costumes 10th century.

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Ancient Byzantine nobility costumes. Emperor and noble boy.

Ancient Byzantine nobility costumes and court dresses.

Byzantine emperor, noble boy.

Byzantine emperor and noble page boy. Ancient Byzantine nobility costumes and court dresses.

Court Dress Germany in 1450. Burgundian fashion 15th century

German medieval period dresses. Men`s and Women`s clothing of the 15th century.

Court Dress, Germany 1450

Court Dress, Germany 1450, Burgundian fashion 15th century.

Fashion of nobility in 1450 in Germany of the late Middle Ages. The woman with a high Hennin and veil. The over robe (Surkot) is made of heavy damask, gold interwoven, with train, the hem of the dress is decorated with ornaments. The sleeves lengthwise slit. She wears a belt and pointed shoes. The emphasis on fashion, the cut of the clothes (Cotte and Muodor), cleavage is, in contrast to the medieval fashion is very physical, in the prominence of the female figure.
The man is wearing a skirt girded (Schecke, front opening dress), with high collar. The shoulders are padded. At the collar bells attached. The sleeves are short, stands out among the wide linen shirt. It is in the style of the Mi-parti held, a specialty of the Burgundian fashion. It was the garment consists of two halves influenced both by different colors of the color complex symbolism of the Middle Ages, or even by different types of interface. For instance, a long sleeve, the other short, as in this picture, where the left sleeve is ripped up and the linen shirt, with wide-cut sleeves, stands out. He wears a two-colored leggings, which are attached by cords to the skirt. With one leg up over the knee extends, the other end already under her skirt. He wears his hair long with a diadem adorned with a feather.

German citizens. 15th century costumes.

15th century costumes. Middle Ages Dresses. Renaissance clothing.

German citizens 1450

Clothing of German citizens during the Reformation. Late Gothic dresses. German early Renaissance in 1450.

The man is wearing an overcoat, known in Italy as Zimarra in Germany as Schecke, french pour point. This coat came in different lengths. Among the most distinguished citizens, he reached down to the ankles. Characteristic are the large openings of the sleeves, sometimes up to 50 cm in length, which were often decorated with fur. The time had two tendencies in the fashion of the clothes. Either certain parts of the body with the type of cut were emphasized or it has been revealed. In this example, the shoulders of the man highlighted what gives it a decent look. This is emphasized further by wearing a beard. The upper portion of the skirt is richly decorated, the section tapering upward, resulting in an increase in the upper part of the body with it, culminating in a high collar. Ending with sumptuous folds down and wide open spaces, above the knees. Small embellishments on the collar, and sometimes the shoes emphasize the dignity of the citizen. Popular were big, heavy gold chains. On his head he wears a beret is adorned houppelande. In the houppelande, a relic of the late Middle Ages, is an arc cut cloth rag in the Middle Ages adorned the hems of the garments. The overall picture in his hand closes the worn, decorative gloves off.

The woman is wearing the robe hanging, the Gamurra, or cotta, with a train made of heavy fabric. The head is shaved, and above the sella, a less conspicuous form of two-horned hennin, with a long veil that covered her hair and identifies them as a married woman. Young unmarried girls decorate their hair with undisguised beads or garlands.
The plain cotta or Gamurra was round cut and consisted of long, lush ornamental sleeves, which were usually sewn only slightly and were replaced by it. In addition it carries the elegant Cioppa with ornate hem in bright, clear colors. The Cioppa is worn belted high, with long sleeves and trim is made of a train.

German Citizens in Gothic fashion. 15th century costumes.

15th century costumes. German Medieval clothing. Gothic fashion. German citizens dresses.

German Citizens, 1480

German Citizens in 1480. Gothic fashion period, 15th century.

The man is dressed in the typical dandy fashion, late Gothic dress. He wears a beret with a large feather, a pleated shirt with sash provided, plus a close-fitting trousers (Miparti), belted at the waist. Toed shoes, Poulines,  with a long narrow tip. Over his shoulder he wears a coat that is held together on the right shoulder.
Her headdress is a heart-shaped Hennin with veil. The dress is close fitting top with deep front and back clipping. It is belted at the waist. Through the length of it is worn gathered


Renaissance Costumes 16th Century, Germany

Men's Middle Ages Dresses. German Medieval Fashion. Renaissance clothing of german nobility

German nobility costumes in 1580

Renaissance costumes in 1580. Fashion of German Nobility (Palatinate), 16th Century.

German citizens costumes in 16th Century. Renaissance Dresses.

Men's and women`s Middle Ages Dresses. German Medieval Fashion. Renaissance clothing of German citizens.

German citizens clothing in 1580

German citizens costumes in 16th Century. Renaissance Dresses of Nuremberg Maid and Cart Driver in 1580.

German Renaissance Costume in 1540. 16th century fashion.

Renaissance camisole. German Romanticism fashion. Men's Middle Ages Dresses. German Medieval Fashion. Renaissance clothing of german knight.

German Magistrate and Knight in 1540

German Renaissance Costume, Magistrate and Knight in 1540

Fashion in Germany during the Reformation period. Late Renaissance clothing. First third of the 16th century

Among men, the beard is in fashion. To a hair cut called the Kolbe. The hair was worn half long, straight cut on all sides and combed evenly. The beard was in the same kind of cut on the chin straight.
The head is covered by the flat cap, in various shapes and sizes. Material was usually embroidered velvet, adorned with feathers, or as a cover for women, sometimes embroidered with precious pearls. This headgear found then in the artistic circles of German Romanticism (19tes century), its rediscovery. Long pants up under the reach below the knee, plus a long jacket, emerged from the Renaissance camisole. The camisole was a short jacket with buttons on the front and a small collar. For women, it was laced worn over the undergarment. This led to the later corset. In today’s women’s fashion, there are still remnants of the original camisole, back in the costumes of some of today’s landscapes. Especially in the south of Germany where this tightly laced loaves are worn over the dirndl.
By the German mercenaries of the slotted fashion clothing was taken during the Thirty Years’ War. The reason, it is believed, was greater freedom of movement in combat. These were to slits in the fabric by looking under the dress shirt through. In the fashion of the 15th century, this stylistic device is then varied with different colors of the garments.
In the Middle Ages, the doublet originally a padded coat with long sleeves. This was worn under the armor. Later it became the main garment under the overcoat and accompanied the men’s fashion until well into the 17th century. In the Spanish fashion, it becomes a goose belly, only to be replaced in the 18th century by the vest.
The color range of clothing in Germany was mostly kept in yellow to red. Other countries, however, certain occupations, preferred specific colors. France preferred bright colors to predominantly white.