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Medieval Franks Costume

Franks women's dress, chemise and shawl

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Medieval Franks Costume

Frankish women’s dress, chemise and shawl, IX-X centuries

Merovingians fell, and in the middle of the 8th century, Franks were united into the empire of Charlemagne, who's given his name to the reigning dynasty of the Carolingians and brought nearer the heyday of literature and arts. Intertwining antique, Byzantine and early medieval styles, that period was called the Carolingian revival.

The design of the Frankish costume is close to a traditional women's costume of 9-10 centuries, shown in illuminated manuscripts as multilayered garment, hiding the figure behind the draping folds. No naked arms nor short outfits, which can only be seen at allegorical images associated with antique mythology. The basic layer of women's garment is the chemise made of the finest flax, half-transparent and thin, like silk. The fabric of the finest workmanship emphasizes her status, and the long cuffs of the sleeves indicate she's never been into physical work, as it befits a noble lady.

The dress with short sleeves echoes the chemise with the long skirt. It’s richly decorated with wide borders, depicting silverwork with gold impregnations and precious stones. The trim borders the bottom of the full skirt, a wide boat neck, the sleeves, and belt. In contrast to the Merovingian costume, the belt rose higher, delicately underlining the bust. It goes through two golden loops at the sides of the dress, laces and ties up from behind with a long, twisted golden cord.

Mantles, circlets and various decorations were big among the noble francs, so we've included a large shawl and flesh it out with a collection of Franks jewelry, which can be purchased separately. The shawl is a rectangular linen cloth trimmed with braid and can be used as a headdress, hood, or cape for your choice; wear it fastened with fibula or brooch, attached to the hair by pins or without any fastening, hanging freely, thrown over the shoulder, or wrapped around.

What's included:

  1. Chemise;
  2. Dress;
  3. Shawl;
  4. Belt.

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Please contact us if you have any additional questions.


  • Linen;
  • Trim;
  • Golden cord.


  • Floor-length;
  • Boat neckline;
  • Frankish design;
  • Non-detachable belt;
  • Short sleeved dress.

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  • Rebekah 26 of September 2022:

    Has this been removed entirely rather than put on pause?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hello, this product is discontinued, unfortunately.

  • Ásta Helgadóttir 09 of September 2016:

    could I get the shawl in wine red and both with the gold accolade trim?

    ArmStreet team:

    Yes, the shawl can be made in wine red, and both shawl and dress can be made with the Gold Accolade trim, but please note, that Accolade trim is 3.5 cm wide while Frank trim is 4.5 cm wide, so it may look a bit different. The price will be the same, please just mention these modifications in the comments to your order.

  • Madelin 10 of November 2014:

    The shawl is gorgeous and I would love to order it separately. Why don't you list it separately in your catalog? :)

    ArmStreet team:

    We're going to list it separately soon :)
    The shawl can be purchased for $60 + $18 (shipping), simply email us at contact@armstreet.com.

  • Natasja 27 of January 2014:

    Can I order the shawl separately in yellow?

    ArmStreet team:

    Yes, yellow shawl separately costs $60 + $18 (shipping) = $78 totally. If this works for you, we can send an invoice for the order directly to your PayPal email.

  • kara 27 of April 2012:

    Hello, i am just wondering if you sell the shawl separately and if it is available to make in the silver chess queen trim instead? Cheers

    ArmStreet team :

    The shawl can be purchased separately, please contact us and we'll discuss the details.

  • hollie 13 of June 2011:

    is that 21 days total or 37 days total? manufacture and shipping

    ArmStreet team:

    Manufacturing takes 3-4 weeks, plus shipping - 2-3 weeks. Thus, total processing time is 6-7 weeks.

  • Precious 14 of May 2011:

    I'm not esialy impressed. . . but that's impressing me! :)

  • winx 22 of February 2011:

    she is beutiful girl.she is princes.

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  • Guest 24 of October 2021:

    One of my most stunning outfits. The red and white just really catches the eye and the trim adds a regal flair. The cloak is so nice and light and just floats behind you.

  • Bennie Clark 20 of January 2014:

    Fits perfectly! I am so happy I got this! Will be perfect for the Ren Fest! :-)

    ArmStreet team:

    Great, many thanks for the review, Bonnie!

  • Marie Ludwig 23 of August 2009:

    I ordered this a while ago...A simple yet beautiful and elegant dress, made with a very smooth fabric. I just love it!

    ArmStreet team:

    Thanks for the feedback, Marie! Always welcome back to ArmStreet!

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