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Late 15th Century Doublet

Price:: $279.95

 

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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • No visible machine stitching with the exception of lacing holes
  • Also available- points with metal tips
  • Available in 100% Linen with cotton lining
  • Flattering and authentic fit with a lightly padded front piece for a crisp silhouette
  • Price: Linen $279.95
 


Our Late 15th century Doublet in Dark Green worn with Martial Arts Pants and Knee Boots

About our 15th Century Doublet 

 

For as much that the excessive vanity and wickedness of young men has grown to a very great height, so that many foul customs of dress are now found throughout every land. One thing in particular is the shameful practice of wearing the [doublet] cut of such brevity so that not only is boasted the turn and fullness of the calf, but that the port-piece and very curve of the buttock might thereby be revealed.

From a 1423 French ecclesiastical condemnation of men's fashions.

In the 1340s, the short, tight cotehardie had rocked the sensibilities of Churchman, who were aghast at men showing off their legs. But their admonitions proved little more effective than a 1990s father's horror at his daughter's low-rise jeans, and in much the same manner, the more they flustered, the more they were ignored! By the early 15th century, the cotehardie had become so short that the old style of chausses and braies had to be replaced with new joined hose that pointed directly to the cotte. This was the birth of the doublet, the dramatic, and final reinvention of men's fashions in the Middle Ages that would give rise to the fashions of the Renaissance.

Besides its close fit, the doublet retained many elements of its predecessor, particularly the tight, buttoned forearms, and its suitability for production in both simple and sumptuous fabrics. Besides its short length, however, one of the doublet's distinctive trademarks in this period were full upper arms, raised or “puffed” shoulders, and simple tie closures down the front. We have chosen to replicate all of these elements in our doublet, which based on a mid-century style that developed in the wealthy and fashion-conscious cities of Italy, spread into Austria and southern Germany and from there became popular throughout central and western Europe. We have these style elements are extremely flattering to most figures - with a smooth, tailored silhouette and broad shoulders. Like the originals, our doublet is of a cut that was popular with the nobility and the wealthy mercantile classes. The pointing holes, are designed to perfectly match those of our joined hose. Perhaps more than at any other point in the Middle Ages, clothing in this period was about dramatically standing out from the crowd. To help you do just that, we recommend you add our woolen hood worn as a chaperone to complete the look of the dashing courtier or man of means.

 

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A back view of our Late 15th century Doublet in Dark Green worn with Martial Arts Pants and Knee Boots

 

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.

 

Linen Colors: Red, Black, Burgundy, Dark Green, Oatmeal, Sage,
White, Blue, Gold, Dark Brown, Slate Blue, Mustard, Purple

 

Size Chart 

 

Size Chest Measurement Waist Measurement
Medium fits up to 42" / 106cm 38" / 96cm
Large fits up to 48" / 121cm 45" / 114cm
XLarge fits up to 52" / 132cm 48" / 121cm

 

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