Gallic fabrics and embroideries. Merovingian fashion.

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Fabrics and embroideries. The comfortable costumes of the Gauls.

Gallic fabrics and embroideries.

Gaul Plate 8.

1. Robe, striped on the cross held at the waist by a band. A one-piece hooded cloak goes with this robe.


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2. Long robe in a one-piece fabric and designed cloak of a Merovingian lady.

3. Costume of Anne of Kiev (1), wife of Henry I of France (1008 – 1060). Long tunic held at the waist by a narrow band. Long skirt with train. Court cloak touching the ground. (1050.)

4. Gallic lady in a blue one-piece robe trimmed with roses at the hem. Sleeveless bodice the fullness of which is held in by pleats in front.

5. Plebeian woman wearing a yellow robe with frills cut above the waist-line. Skirt finished with a band of rose material trimmed with lace. Round apron bordered with blue.

6. Edge of a cloak (about 970); ovals. on a bright foundation disposed round border.

7. Embroidered braid taken from costume.

8. Decorative floral designs disposed round braid embroidered with beads.

9. Embroidery for the front of the robe in the reign of Louis X (about A. D. 986).

10. Details of cloak material of the Merovingian epoch.

11. Details of cloak material of Merovingian lady.

12. Ribbon adorned with decorative foliage (Gallic style).

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

(1) Anne de Kiev also called Anna Jaroslawna and partly Agnes, (* 1024-1032 probably in Kiev; † 5 September 1075-1078/79 was Queen of France as second wife of Henry I. of France from 1051 to 1060.

Note:  Clotilde princess of Burgundy.

Coming from the Ruricid dynasty, Anna was a prestigious bride for the French king. After his death she took over the regency together with the Flemish count Balduin V. for her still underage son Philip I. When she entered into a second marriage with Rudolf III, count of Valois, in 1061, she broke with her son and the royal court. A few years later, however, there was a reconciliation of mother and son, and Anna took part in court life again from 1065, before she died between 1075 and 1079.

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