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14th- 15th Century Linen Frontlaced Gown

Price:: From $209.95 to $279.95


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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • No visible machine stitching with the exception of lacing holes
  • Made in 100% Linen
  • Available in a medieval palette of jewel tones
  • All interior seams enclosed or finished
  • Front laced closure
  • Comes in five sizes to accommodate most body types
  • Size 6 available as a custom order for $279.95, see our Fabric Selection page for current color selection
  • Linen Colors: Dark Green, Burgundy, Purple, Bright Blue, Sage, Black and Red
  • Also see our Linen Frontlaced Gown Full Wardrobe
  • Price: $209.95
Our gown in Purple shown with our Linen Underdress, and hat, veil and belt from our personal collection

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 forthcoming 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 the colors listed below 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 

“Thank you very much for sending my order. It is an extremely
good fit - I'm very impressed and would recommend it to anyone. Also
impressed with the rapid service!”

- Richard Taylor
Walkerburn, Peeblesshire, Great Britain

Our Linen Frontlace Gown in Dark Green worn with our Linen Underdress, and Red Linen Hood
"Thank you for the pleasant conversation earlier. I most certainly will recommend your clothing to our friends. We received many compliments about how well we were attired. In addition the clothing was very comfortable, and the linen makes very comfy pajamas, as they wick away moisture at night. I would have to say that I favor this clothing the most out off the extensive collection of outfits I own.
I cannot thank you enough for making us look so good.
Eric and Tabatha Blacksmith
AKA Wolfgang von Bremen and Juliana MacPhearson
Baron and Baroness of Glymm Mere, An Tir”


Frontlace Gown in Light Blue shown with a Jade Green Linen Hood & Linen Underdress

Our Linen Frontlaced Gown in blue worn with a Linen Kirtle in Black, Decorated Belt, and Flemish Hood (on left) and Turban (on right)

Gown in Burgundy shown with Linen Underdress, and Linen Rectangular Veil
He's wearing our Wool Bag-sleeved cotte in Burgundy (see our customize your wardrobe page for details of how we trimmed it), Wool chauses, Ankle Boots, and Linen Shirt

Our Linen Frontlaced Gown worn with Linen Underdress, Black Linen Half Sleeves, and Rectangular Silk Organza Veil in Cream (Left) Our Linen Frontlaced Gown worn with Linen Underdress, Dark Red Linen Half Sleeves, and Decorated Belt in Black (Right)


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: Black, Burgundy, Purple, Dark Green, Bright Blue, Sage, and Red


Bright Blue -a rich bright blue
Dark Green -a deep forest green
Burgundy -a rich, intense jewel tone
Purple -a royal purple
Sage -a lighter green in the olive family
Red -a true rich red


Size Chart 


Size Bust Measurement Waist Measurement
2 32-36" / 81-91cm 26-30" / 66-76cm
3 36-40" / 91-102cm 32-36" / 81-91cm
4 44-48" / 112-121cm 38-42" / 96-106cm
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 is available as a custom order only. Current color options can vary so please contact customer service to find out our fabric availability. The custom order price for size 6 is $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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