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“Transition” gowns. They occupy a short period between the late 15th century Burgundian gowns with the deep V necks and wide belt, and the incoming 16th century Tudor fashions. Back of gown – appears to have gores for fullness – no waist seam or pleating at the waist like later versions. Worn here with Beggins (headress). Detail from a version of Roman de la Rose, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 195 pg 18 by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung, French, late  15th century.

“Transition” gowns. They occupy a short period between the late 15th century Burgundian gowns with the deep V necks and wide belt, and the incoming 16th century Tudor fashions. Back of gown – appears to have gores for fullness – no waist seam or pleating at the waist like later versions. Worn here with Beggins (headress). Detail from a version of Roman de la Rose, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 195 pg 18 by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung, French, late 15th century.

The Distaff Gospels is a 15th century French collection of more than 250 popular beliefs, forming a sort of gospel of late medieval women’s wisdom

The Distaff Gospels is a 15th century French collection of more than 250 popular beliefs, forming a sort of gospel of late medieval women’s wisdom

women's clothing 15th century purse

women's clothing 15th century purse

The 'everyday dress' is of a wool/linen weave in a white and green diamond pattern, probably from around 1550. Great site, 3 extant gowns and details of construction.

The 'everyday dress' is of a wool/linen weave in a white and green diamond pattern, probably from around 1550. Great site, 3 extant gowns and details of construction.

SLUB Dresden: Werkansicht: Das Sächsische Stammbuch - Mscr.Dresd.R.3

SLUB Dresden: Werkansicht: Das Sächsische Stammbuch - Mscr.Dresd.R.3

12th Century Italian (Milan)

12th Century Italian (Milan)

Muckley 1386 Women's Clothing: Underwear

Muckley 1386 Women's Clothing: Underwear

Purses on deposit in Kunsthistorische museum, Vienna (16th century)

Purses on deposit in Kunsthistorische museum, Vienna (16th century)

Fabulous closeup of the embroidery and bobbin lace trim.  from Caravaggio's St Cathrine 1598

Fabulous closeup of the embroidery and bobbin lace trim. from Caravaggio's St Cathrine 1598

Detail from Saint Catherine of Bologna with Three Donors by the Master of the Baroncelli Portraits around 1470-1480. Held by the Courtald Gallery, London, UK.

Detail from Saint Catherine of Bologna with Three Donors by the Master of the Baroncelli Portraits around 1470-1480. Held by the Courtald Gallery, London, UK.