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14th- 15th Century Wool Frontlaced Gown

Price:: $249.95


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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • No visible machine stitching with the exception of lacing holes
  • Made in 100% Wool
  • All interior seams enclosed or finished
  • Comes in four sizes to accommodate most body types- size 6 available as a custom order only for $299.95
  • Front laced closure
  • Also see our Linen Frontlace Gown
  • Price: $249.95
Wool gown in Brown Tweed shown with Wool Hood, and Linen Underdress

About our Front-laced Gown 


The 15th century was a time of great cultural and social change in Europe. In the north, the old institutions of the Middle Ages were waning, while south of the Alps the Renaissance was already being born in Italy. It was a century that saw the rise of humanism, the first of the great Renaissance artists, the birth of the printing press and the discovery of the New World. But it also saw bloody civil war throughout England and the Empire, the rise and fall of the Dukes of Burgundy, and the stirrings of religious discontent that would blossom into the viscious religious wars of the following century. Amidst this culture of change and innovation in art, arms and armour, a variety of new clothing styles emerged, largely driven by the luxurious courts of Burgundy and those of the wealthy Italian despots.

We have chosen to introduce our 15th century line with this dress because of its versatility and uniqueness. Based on contemporary artwork, we have chosen several distinctive elements of early-to-mid 15th century clothing: a wide, somewhat squared neckline revealing the top of the underdress, front-lace closure, and short sleeves flaring into long streamers, an evolution of the tight sleeves and tippets popular with the 14th century cotehardie.

Although some of these individual elements first began appearing in the second half of the 14th century, they did not commonly appear, let alone in combination, until circa 1400. Together, they create an elegant and distinctive garment typical of the first half of the 15th century. This means that such a gown is still contemporary with the last fashionable years of our current 14th century cottes, while at the same time overlapping with the introduction of the gowns and doublets that typify the middle and late 1400s, allowing you many different ways to elegantly match your lord across much of the century, and making for a good introductory garment to 15th century fashion.

This gown's front closure uses the same placket design as our back-laced gowns, allowing it to be fully adjustable. The lacing, short sleeves and linen construction makes for a perfect dress on hot summer days. Made in 100% linen, the short-sleeved gown is available in wine, royal blue, teal and purple linen in all of our standard sizes. Please note that in our historical references, below, the gown is always pictured as a short-sleeved gown, with the underdress omitted. This is simply so that he lines of the overdress are not obscured in the drawings. Please note that the gown is always shown worn with a long-sleeved underdress. In period, ladies did not brazenly display their arms!

Read more about the 15th century in our From the Pen of History article here!


Photo Gallery 




Left: She's wearing our Wool Frontlace Gown in Brown Tweed with Linen Underdress (white), Silk Oval Veil, and Decorated Leather Belt He's wearing our Wool Tunic with a Wool Hood, Wool Chauses, Wool Brimmed Cap, Decorated Belt, and Ankle Boots

Right: our Wool Frontlace Gown with a Linen Underdress, Rectangular Linen Veil, and Decorated Belt


Colors and Fabrics 


Note: Due to the difficulty of representing colors accurately on a variety of monitors we've included color descriptions along with our swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.


Wool colors: Charcoal, Brown Tweed, Olive, Soft Blue, Rust, Pine Green, Navy

Olive -a rich olive green 
Brown Tweed -a rich brown with flecks of gold and burgundy 
Charcoal -a dark heathered grey
Soft Blue -a light sky blue
Rust- a medium burgundy, brick red color
Pine Green- a dark green with a bluish tint
Navy- a dark midnight blue 

Size Chart 


Size Bust Measurement Waist Measurement
2 32-36" / 81-91cm 26-30" / 66-76cm
3 36-40" / 91-102cm 36-40" / 91-102cm
4 44-48" / 112-121cm 44-48" / 112-121cm
5 48-52" / 122-132cm 44-48" / 112-121cm
6 52-56" / 132- 142cm 48-52" / 122-132cm

Note: In our women's clothes we've abandoned 'standard', modern sizing because it is far from standard, and tends to cause more confusion than provide accurate information. So, please judge your size by your chest and waist measurements. We do not give hip measurements because the gown flares dramatically at the hip and is so generously sized there that fit is not an issue at that point. A range of fit is given for each size because the lacings and placket starts at the top and extend to below the hip providing flexibility within each size as well as a near perfect fit to each individual within that size range. The gowns run long with a small train so that you can wear them in the authentic fashion of the period - trailing along the ground or hem it to your desired length.

Size 6 available as a custom order only for $269.95


Our Design 



Historical Inspirations 


Drawing after 'Lancelot du Lac' et la quete du Graal circa 1385, manuscript 343 in the Bibliotethque National, Paris, France Drawing after a representation of Christine de Pisan in work 'Le Livre du Chemin de Lonque Estude' circa 1403 in the Bibliotethque National Royal de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium Drawing after a portrait painting in the 'Braque Family Tryptich' by Rogier van der Weyden circa 1450 in the Museo del Prado, Louvre, Paris, France
Drawing after the painting 'The Deposition' by Rogier van der Weyden circa 1435 in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain Drawing after Le Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry circa 1413 in the Bibliotheque du Musee Conde, Chantilly, France Drawing after the frontispeice of Christine De Pisan's Collected Works in which she is presenting it to Isabeau of Bavaria, Queen of France - MS Harvey 4431 (vol 2) in the British Library, London, England
Drawing after an illuminated manuscript circa early 15th century, Krumlov MS, ref. no III B 10 fol.47 in the National Museum, Prague, Czechoslavakia Drawing after an illustration in the Velislav Picture Bible fol. 10 circa mid 14th century in the National Library, Prague, Czechoslavakia Drawing after Le Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry circa 1413 in the Bibliotheque du Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

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