A helpful resource for those looking at 14th-century Venice is this post on the Carthago Delenda Est blog, which I’ve reposted below. “First I found images by the painter Giotto. Giotto was a Florentine by birth but ranged all over Italy, including the famous Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, which is part of the Veneto. … More 14th-Century Venetian Clothing?
Introduction My target years for living history are the same years of the Italian Wars (1494-1559). The Italian Wars were a series of violent conflicts for control of the Italian peninsula fought between France, Spain, the Papal Armies, England, and the Emperor in the North (of the empire that was neither Holy nor Roman). They began … More Italian Renaissance Fashion 1300-1500
Although I have not attempted to sew an entire garment before once I heard of “The Manuscript Challenge” started by Maria Neijman on Facebook I was hooked. Maria, a living history enthusiast in Sweden, challenged us to choose an outfit from a manuscript and reproduce it, staying true to all visible details and colors, and … More The Manuscript Challenge
So, you want to be a reenactor? Want to come participate in the SCA or other historical re-creation organization? Great. Let’s talk about what you should wear while attending. Now, this post could be a diatribe along the lines of: “Let me be clear that it is only OK mix combat boots and fairy wings with a Victorian era ensemble at … More What NOT to Wear: The Time Traveler’s Wife