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Medieval Underdress

Price:: $119.95

 

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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • Made in lightweight 100% Linen
  • The perfect under layer for your gowns - comfortable and smoothing
  • Comfortable and authentic sleep or lounge wear
  • No visible machine stitching
  • All interior seams finished
  • Flattering and authentic fit
  • Price: $119.95
Our Linen Underdress worn with a Linen Rectangular Veil

About our Underdress 

 

Throughout the Middle Ages clothes were worn in layers, with a light, linen tunic forming the foundation over which additional linen or wool garments were worn. The exact nature of these earliest garments is unknown, but by the 13th century, the man's tunic had evolved into a simple, relatively short, white linen shirt. Unfortunately, the exact nature of women's undergarments is far less clear; women generally being depicted in period illuminations either fully clothed or stark naked. What is clear is that some sort of undergarment was worn, and it had to be designed to work with the long sleeved gowns fashionable of the early and late medieval periods. Experimentation has shown that this underdress fits beautifully under reconstructions of 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th century gowns, smoothing the lines of the overdress and creating the elegant silhouette shown in artwork of each of the periods.

Our underdress is made of lightweight, white linen. The neckline is shaped to match the gown, but with a smaller opening so that it can be seen beneath the overdress. The sleeves are loose enough to be comfortable, yet close-fitting enough to avoid bunching when worn with an overdress. As with our chemise, the underdress is fitted to the bust and then flares outward, ending at the ankle so that it fits smoothly under your gown without interfering with your train.

 

Photo Gallery 

 


Our Linen Frontlaced Gown worn with our Linen Underdress and Linen Hood


Our Linen Underdress worn with a Linen Rectangular Veil


Our Pendant Sleeve Gown worn with our Linen Underdress and Wimple

 

Size Chart 

 

Size Max. Bust measurement Length (from shoulder)
Size 2 36" / 91cm 52" / 132cm
Size 3 40" / 102cm 52" / 132cm
Size 4 46" / 117cm 54" / 137cm
Size 5 50" / 125cm 55" / 140cm

 

Our Design 

 

 

Historical Inspirations 

 

 

Drawing after a detail of the Romance of Alexander, MS. Bodley 264, circa 1340 in the Bodeleian Library, Oxford, England

Drawing after Le Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry circa 1413 in the Bibliotheque du Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Drawing after an illuminated manuscript Cod. ser. nov. 2644, folio 34r

Drawing after Book of Hours for Rome Use, MS M.287, fol.64v, circa 1445 in The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Pennsylvania, USA

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