Tag: Gothic costumes

Medieval gothic era. The clothes in the Middle Ages reflected the place of the person dressed in the medieval estate system of Christian Europe again. The color choice was a distinguishing factor between the estates. In the Gothic clothing became increasingly elaborate. The fashions of the early, high and late Gothic differ very much from each other. At the beginning of the early Gothic in the 13th century, the male fashion of female approaches sharply. Both sexes have long outerwear in the form of a so-called Cotte. It predominates initially seem a little form-fitting fashion, showing essentially towering, slim body – a common ground with the gothic architecture.

French fashion history. Middle Ages. 1422 to 1483.

History, Fashion, France, Middle ages, costumes, hennin, gothic

French fashion history. Middle Ages. 1422 to 1483. Reign of Charles VI, called the Beloved (French: le Bien-Aimé), Charles VII, called the Victorious (French: le Victorieux) and Louis XI. called “Louis the Prudent” (French: le Prudent).

Italian noblewoman with heart shaped hennin. 13th century.

Italian noblewoman costume. 13th century clothing. Gothic Burgundian clothing. Court dress Hennin

Italian noblewoman. Burgundy fashion era. Medieval 13th century clothing. Here hair is confined by a net called a crespine or crespinette. She wears a headwear, the white colored barbette with veil (Still seen on… Read More

Reigns of John II and of Charles V. 1350 to 1380. Middle Ages.

Middle ages, medieval, costumes, fashion, France, history

Reigns of John II and of Charles V. 1350 to 1380. The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries – Low dresses – Garnaches and garde-corps. Precious stones. Splendid furniture.


Auguste Racinet. The Costume History by Françoise Tétart-Vittu.

Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style. Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume historique was in its day the most wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted.

Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through to the end of the 19th century, the six volume work remains completely unique in its scope and detail. “Some books just scream out to be bought; this is one of them.” ― Vogue.com