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.
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- Golden cord.
- Boat neckline;
- Frankish design;
- Non-detachable belt;
- Short sleeved dress.