Getting started with clothing research

Research into various aspects of 14th C life.
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Getting started with clothing research

Post by Elden » Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:53 pm

How can one get started with researching medieval clothing? The available information comes from several sources:

Primary Sources
  • Extant Garments
  • Period artwork
  • Written records
Secondary Sources
  • Research books which cite their primary sources
  • Online blogs which cite primary sources
  • Other re-enactors who have cited primary sources
Artwork is the most abundant source and the best at tracking fast moving fashions. Extant garments are rare, but give invaluable insight into fabric and construction. Written records, although less published than the first two, also help complete the picture. A typical process for making a garment is to find a number of period artworks depicting a garment, picking one example as the main inspiration, then draw on patterns from the closest extant garments to guide construction. In essence, it should be made like the extant garment and look like the artwork when finished.

Marc Carlson's Historical Clothing from Archaeological Finds: ... khome.html
Maggie Forest's study of extant C14th garments: ... rments.pdf

Company of the Staple online manuscript links: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=10
Staple bibliography has several useful books: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=57
Particularly MOL Textiles and Clothing, Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince and Medieval Garments Reconstructed

Larsdatter's Links Page on Particolour:

Rosalie's Medieval Woman:

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