Gallic Busts. Merovingian. The comfortable costumes of the Gauls.

Gallic Busts, Gauls, dresses, Merovingian costume history

GAUL Plate 3. Busts.

Gallic Busts. Merovingian.

GAUL Plate 3.


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1. Costume of a Gallic lady with a descending to the waist. This part of the costume is yellow bordered with white on the collar band, and finishes in a pointed busk with green pleats. Long wide blue skirt.

2. Gallic costume after an ancient bronze. Light brown cloak draped over one shoulder, leaving the top of the tunic visible. It is held on the shoulder by a large button.

3. Short violet tunic crossed over the front.

4. Gallic tunic remarkable for its sleeves of which one is full and the other narrow, with a straight wristband. The veil and tunic are yellow.

5. Costume of Radegonda, wife of Clotairus. White veil falling from the crown. Royal blue cloak, lined with gold yellow brooch at the collar. Robe tight-fitting at the bust. Skirt and sleeves broad. Color almond green. Girdle madder red.

6. Costume of a Gallic Duchess in the time of the sons of Clovis. Headdress and jewels of pearls and stones. Robe and sleeves tight-fitting. Color Malmaison rose. Border of gold braid. Bracelets and girdles of gold studded with stones.

7. Reign of Clovis. Clotilde in ceremonial dress. Headdress of gold decorated with stones. White pleated veil falling from the headdress. Bust of the robe tight-fitting, color gold. Belt same color decorated with stones. Full skirt open down the front, held at the waist by a large girdle of the same color decorated with stones. Full skirt open down the front held by at the hips a large mother-of-pearl belt. Cobalt blue cloak edged with gold braid. White pleated sleeves.

Note:  Dentelles, Broderies. Les modes du Moyen Age. Costume féminin français.

8. Gallic costume taken from an ancient bronze, Small vest, basque broad or full, color Etruscan rose.

9. Gallic costume taken from an ancient bronze between B. C. 600, and the time of Julius Caesar. Gold draped tunic held over one shoulder by a large blue and gold button.

10. Brown tunic.

11. Tunic draped over one shoulder and held at the waist by a gold girdle.

12. Costume of a Gallic god. Short cloak covering the shoulders and flowing down the back. Color cobalt blue, color on shoulders, gold; tight fitting tunic orange color. These garments are common to both sexes though women rarely figured in ceremonial dress.




Source: The history of the Feminine Costume of the world.
The comfortable costumes of the Gauls.
Paul-Louis de Giafferri (1886-1943)

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