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Super Deluxe Medieval Maiden Costume

Published by on August 30, 2010

Deluxe Medieval Maiden

Deluxe Medieval Maiden Costume


In 16th Century Germany, the heart of the Renaissance period, women’s clothing was distinctly different from clothing in other European countries. Germany resisted the international influence over its fashions as England and France adapted Spanish styles. Some of these differences may be due to the cold German climate, which necessitated the use of warmer fabrics and furs. Of course, each country strove to have the most beautiful clothing associated with their royal court.

Unlike their European counterparts, German women wore skirts that were cut separately from the bodice. Wool was a favorite fabric for the German skirts sewn full and pleated or gathered into a waistband. The woolen fabric was a solid color.

German “gollers” or collars were worn to cover the neck and shoulders. These gollers were unique to Germany. The favorite style goller, was a round-shouldered capelet of silk or velvet. The goller had a standing neckband and was fur-lined. This is a perfect example of fashion meeting function since these gollers undoubtedly kept the wearer warm.

German fashion dictated narrow sleeves that were anything but plain. Women’s sleeves were decoratively banded with various fabrics. Alternating with the fabric banding, on the same sleeve, the Germans slashed or puffed the entire sleeve. The sleeves ended in a decorative point on the hand.

Interestingly, German women adapted men’s hats to their feminine costumes. German
men wore “baretts”, caps flipped back from the face. German women adapted the baretts, which then became popular with English women.
Today, Renaissance costumes can be found that replicate the costumes of Renaissance Germany.

Renaissance and Medieval Costumes
(Item #MEDI145)

This Super Deluxe Medieval Maiden Costume features the full-length panne gown with attached cape, sash and buckle, and the headpiece that can also be worn as a necklace. Necklace shown is not available.
sash and buckle

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