Medieval Costume & Castle Prints 15th & 16th Century
This print is by the Artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528)
It is questionable where the middle ages began and ended , but here are some costume images from these early times, collected on the ground while delving around ancient castles and street markets in the once semi-remote region of south western France. When visiting these distant villages and small towns it is difficult not to acquire a sense of awe, at the history of the architecture of the buildings, churches, Bastide village street layouts and the ambiance of the culture still remaining today.
From the middle ages onwards, it is tempting not to include any costume images that I find up to the l8th century, which is beyond this Medieval period, because more images may be available in this era. My limited but rare collection is formed in France with it’s many regions of mystic charisma and all things of great antiquity. Such villages all have castles, which is a good place to start for there individuality.
This charming image is a drawing with a Castle in the background and has its own story to imagine. The lady’s gown is bright blue with contrasting coloured accessories. Cut long and full of a thick textured cloth to keep her warm in the windy parts of her home.
(Found January 2013 France). All throughout Europe many costume designs have been found and recorded in some really fabulous books, old and new.
Near the ancient Duras Castle, in south-western France, buried beneath mounds of paperwork hid the improbable find of some printed book pages. The prints are from an unknown antique book publication . Oh what fabulous records of l5th/16th century medieval costumes found in a sunny street market one Sunday morning. Duras is situated on a high elevated hill position overlooking rolling French countryside. The castle has some steep steps winding upwards to the village streets above, through some very attractive gardens and vegetation along the way. I prefer this route on foot, rather than driving to the top and finding a car park.
Gentlemen… well here is inspiration for the costumes of real Cavalier’s. For ladies…. huge cone shaped hats called the Hennin.
At the bottom of these dresses was a wide band of fur to weight the skirt down. In contrast the gown above has very narrow sleeves, whereas the image below has very wide draped over-sleeves, both being equally incredible.
Artist Edgar Maxence (1871-1954)
His work reflects the the influence of the Italian Rossetti, is mythological, highly detailed and distinctive of the XV Century. Many of his paintings are characterized by often elaborate and theatrical staging and richly coloured. His portraits are fine especially those depicting children and women.
So captivating and memorable are the Medieval period costumes that even the children wanted to dress up in them for Fancy Dress Fetes. This little boy would stand out in a crowd and his costume is true to the early Cavaliers in the print above. The undated print is from the Journal des Demoiselles and later than the actual Medieval period.
Theatre and film productions can use these designs but the cost to reproduce such elaborate costumes is high. (I just love his boots)!
These last two images are for Lucy – (Adeed 16.3.2013) We welcome more comments to this blog Thank you