Author: Karinne

New Resource: a timeline of artists and the social classes they painted

I woke up this morning to a question in the Medieval Low-Countries Reenactment group on Facebook: “I’m looking for references for Netherlandish clothing, and keep running into walls and dead ends. Anyone familiar with the Netherlandish styles and how they compared to German Renaissance and other low lands cultures?” Through the conversation we established the original poster didn’t yet have a handle on his preferred timeframe, but did understand the social class he was looking at – “merchant class”. So as step one in helping him I was inspired to complete an idea I’ve had for a while – a table of artists I refer to when considering Flemish, Netherlandish and Brabantish styles of clothing in the 15th and 16th centuries. Et voila! It is now live and available under the Styles menu. Artists are sorted by time they were producing works, so if you recognise one artist, then artists clustered around that will likely be good sources for you. Clicking on one of the artists linked will take you to a wikimedia commons page showing some of their works for a quick glance through they style. I built it to have filters, which sadly haven’t come through in the embed process. Otherwise I hope this is...

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2016: our year in review

Two costumers, 7 questions… 1. Favourite outfit of the year: Margaret My favorite outfit this year is definitely the one I made for Twelfth  Night, 2016. It’s my most ambitious project to date. The Hendrick Avercamp painting it is based on is one that I have been staring at for years, and I spent a long time deciding on every detail. I’m fairly pleased with the results.  I intend to write a proper article about this outfit and have it to you in time for Twelfth Night 2017. Karinne My favourite outfit isn’t a new one, per se, rather it’s a gown that I amended to be more convenient to wear, and then added a more appropriate hood to complete the look. Cutting the train off my gaudete gown made it easier to pack for travelling to events, and easier to wear at the event. Surprisingly it also made me “feel” right – like a well-to-do townswoman in her late 30s, so that was a plus. This ensemble will definitely be getting a few more outings in 2017 2. Most satisfying thing to make: Margaret Exploring the Noord Holland “Cheese Girl” look was surprisingly satisfying.   I had looked at it for a number of years, but dismissed it as being almost too silly, with its short skirts and crazy (even by my standard) headdress.   But it turned out to...

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10 new-to-me hovetcleet portraits

This is not the post you were looking for promised, but last night my husband REALLY wanted to see Rogue One, and I REALLY wanted to support his initiative to do something fun. So that ate up the time I was planning to spend on the post on what was happening in the Low Countries in the late 15th and early 16th century. Instead, I present to you one of the costumer’s favourite pastimes: Looking at old pictures!! Like many costumers I’ve spent A LOT of time looking at images in books, and on websites, and with the advent of pinterest, hours and hours and hours and hours re-pinning items that come across my feed (This pinterest board is my catch-all dumping ground for 15th & 16th century probably Low Countries clothing images). But still I can find pictures that I’ve never seen before, and perhaps change one of my theories, or remind me of an idea I had once upon a time but sort of forgot. One source for these images for me in the last year has been the History of Fashion tumblr, which is where all of these images are pulled from. So, in lieu of the social and political situation post (which would take more time that is available to me on New Year’s Eve) I present: 10 new-to-me images of hovetcleets from the Low Countries and surrounds. I hope...

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Overview of 16th Century Dutch Women’s Clothing

On the 4th day of new content the Clothing the Low Countries Ladies brought to you: Margaret’s class notes on Dutch women’s clothing through the 16th century. (25MB PDF file) Margaret ran this class a month ago at Collegium Occidentalis, the annual fall A&S event for the West Kingdom of the SCA. It provides an overview of style changes by decade for well-to-do women of Holland (and occasionally Flanders and Brabant). It’s a great place to start if you’re curious about the variety of clothing worn in this century, or if you want to see how it changed, or if you want to peruse the styles for inspiration...

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