We started Revival Clothing

because we saw a need for well-made, authentic, affordable, historical clothing within a business model where most styles are kept in stock. Our goal is to create garments that are flattering, functional, durable, and affordable while preserving a historical line. Each design is meant to be used as real clothing to be lived, played and worked in – they are both beautiful and serviceable garments. Choosing from our current in-stock options means you can have your medieval clothing, whether it be a complete head-to-toe outfit or that perfect accessory, in a few days. Or, if you prefer to choose from our additional large range of of color and fabric options, we will make your outfit up to order. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about current stock and/or custom requests.

Our Misson

Because there are very few surviving examples of medieval clothing our work, must of necessity, be interpretive. Working from museum fragments, illuminations, paintings, and written references we strive to combine elements common to a given style into a new garment that could be representative of the period while also being affordable. When altering a pattern to make it more affordable to produce we do not sacrifice the authenticity of the historical silhouette. Finally, we test each piece for function, durability and comfort(we live and work and play in uor clothes , too!). The military garments are further tested on the field under the stress provided by experienced combatants.

We select our fabrics carefully,

 balancing research, function and color. Whenever possible we use natural fabrics, working mainly in linen, silk and wool. We use cotton where necessary on some garments(for example, the lining of our Linen Gambesons and Pourpoints) for cost and durability. Our sumptuous brocades and velvets are made from various blends.

We do  accept custom orders based upon our production garments; custom colors, party-coloring, and custom fabrics are often available. Contact us directly via our customer service email or call or text us at 708-502-1937 for more information about this.

Nicole has a BS in Design from the University of Cincinnati School of Fashion Design and has been professional clothing and costuming designer for close to twenty years. In conjunction with these professional skills she brings a lifelong passion for historical clothing and the romance of bygone eras they evoke, while her experiences as a reenactor and active member of the historical swordsmanship community gives her practical insight into both arming clothes and civilian clothes. She believes strongly in producing readily available clothing that fits and flatters with a period accurate look that is still comfortable to live and play in.

 

Margaret has a BS in Biochemistry from UIC. She has been making and studying historical clothing design since she was 17 but has been in love with sewing since she was a child. Her favorite garment pieces to create are corsets of all shapes and eras. Her interest in historical clothing began with a PBS program called 1900 house. Since coming to Revival Clothing she has become fascinated not only with the historical clothing of the 14th and 15th century, but also fabric production of the era.

Jill holds a masters degree in anthropology from Case Western Reserve University. Her love of history has spurred her interest in period clothing. She has been designing clothing since her teenage years and as with her participation in the the medieval reenactment community she has focused increasingly on researching and reconstructing medieval fashions. Her expertise in research is instrumental in our production of designs that are accurate to period and her wealth of experience with regard to pattern drafting, fit and design is fundamental to the quality garments that we produce.

But really, our main purpose is to make YOU look good...

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Mary Herbert

Last year, you kindly gave me permission to use your models and costumes as references for part of a pastel painting I was working on.  The painting is finally finished, and I thought you might like to see a scan of the end result, which I have titled ‘Champion of Warwick’.  I added a few more figures to my original design and I think they have made a nice colourful crowd and added to the atmosphere. I’ll be submitting the painting for the annual exhibition of the Society of Equestrian Artists at the Mall Galleries, London, in July, and will also be producing a limited edition of prints of the painting.

Many thanks for your kind help.

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The couple are showing of our 12th century line. Isabel is wearing our Women’s Tapestry Turret Hat and Silk Bliaut under a personal 12th century over vest and Ruet is wearing our Silk Supertunic and Linen Undertunic.

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Our very first customer at the 2003 Pennsic War, wearing our linen
gown in red in front of the Revival Clothing store.

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A customer who stopped by at Boar’s Head in Milwaukee to show off his
Silk Full Wardrobe – looking great in head to toe Blue and Red Silk.

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Eric and Tabatha Blacksmith
Olympia Washington

Dear Revival Clothing,

Thank you for the pleasant conversation earlier. I most certainly will recommend your clothing to our friends. We received many compliments about how well we were attired. In addition the clothing was very comfortable, and the linen makes very comfy pajamas, as they wick away moisture at night. I would have to say that I favor this clothing the most out off the extensive collection of outfits I own.

I cannot thank you enough for making us look so good.

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Several customers who stopped by at events to show off their Revival Clothing. They are wearing Silk Gown
and Hood, Tapestry Surcoat, Turret Hat and Silk Gown, and Silk Bliaut, Stomacher and Double Wrapped Belt.

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Kate Galyon

Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! We got the order yesterday and everything fits perfectly and Dre loves the purse. Thank you so much for sending it to her that was so sweet.

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Here is Miriam Bell (aged 14) wearing your frontlaced full gown at the 2019 Great Plains Renaissance Faire in Wichita.

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I deeply appreciate the Gaston Phebus line. I wear it frequently (average 2x / wk these days) when pursuing game with longbow, crossbow, spear, javelin and hawk. I have been wearing elements of the Gaston Phebus line when taking elk, boar, rabbit & squirrel in the last 12 months. I have recommended the clothing line to a number of fellow medieval hunting enthusiasts. The Gaston Phebus line has held up to some pretty heavy hunting abuse. I’ve been through shoulder high brambles innumerable times that have pulled a few threads, but I remain exceedingly pleased with the performance of the clothing in the field for its intended purpose. Primarily, I wanted you to know how greatly I appreciate the research you put into your products, and the quality of the workmanship. I regularly put the wool Gaston Phebus full wardrobe through intense field abuse and it has held together better than ANY comparable product I have purchased anywhere in the last 20 years.
All the best!

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I finally got a photo of my fab pendant sleeve dress in action. Head to toe (literally) RC duds!
(dress + white underdress + silk veil + white stockings + thin decorated belt)
— Jennifer Malik
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Got it Friday, everything was great , thanks!!!!!

 

-Adrian Gunn

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My instructor Ken Harding and myself, both  have your fencing doublet!

 

-Rhett Haynes

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Hi there! I wanted to share a recent photo from a trip to Camlann Medieval Village. I wore your blue linen dress and everyone loved it. One of the volunteers even quietly broke character and told me she has the same dress in the same color. ;-D

-Katherine Smith

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L to R: Henry (Hank) McLemore, Bill Grandy, Kevin Comer

 

– Kevin Comer

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Here’s me sporting your Agincourt Arming Cotte!
Works great supporting my full harness!
-Glen Gerot
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In all my finery!

 

-Henry Kenyon

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Here’s one from Fair Verona… literally…

 

-Dr. Bill Ernoehazy

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This is from Crown Tourney fall of 2013.  The wool dress is so comfortable and cozy!

-Sarah Dornblaser

 

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Thank you!!

 

Theresa Kehrer

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I love it!

 

-Dawn Stiers

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 I just thought I’d send you these photos of our family, I want to thank you for your recent acceptance of my custom pourpoints.
 Thanks again
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 -Jason Subiate
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I feel like a King!

-Seto Geshuko

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Love my arming points

 

-Brian Chabot

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Here is my entry for your photo contest

-Mickey Kulp

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I love my dress!

-Kate Rider

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Your revival clothing “week” things remind me that I never told you all how happy I’ve been with your products. Got the hood from you over 9 years ago (or so) and it’s still going strong. And the simple hose is a newer addition. Cheers~

-Relophe Linde

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Well folks, 12th Night, and the Coronation of Felix and Eva, now over. Please meet, King Felix, and Queen Eva.

-Phil Abrahams

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The front laced DuLac gown in red and white

-Karin Taylor de Cameron

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Hi, I’m Christopher Allen & this is my wife Mary Allen in her wedding dress made by you.
(I did the embroidery on the bottom.) Please feel free to use this picture for your website.

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For your garb contest!

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Here’s a half-decent photo of me in my Revival Clothing Company outfit.
(I’m the one in green, stabbing my friend!)
It was a Lost Arts Trade Fair in Petrie, Queensland, Australia. I was practicing my rapier work and my wife took this snap.
I like it. I hope you do too.
Cheers,
Roy
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Am sending on a picture of me wearing my Revival Clothing green silk back laced gown.  While I have purchased other garments from you in the past (wool and linen front lacing gowns), this one came to me second hand, and I might wear this more than any of the others.
Many thanks for your wonderful clothing!  Hopefully soon I’ll forward on to you a pic of clothing I have made from your new line of patterns!
Yours Sincerely,
Jill Sibley
known in the SCA as Mistress Giraude Benet
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Good evening,

 I just thought I’d send you these photos of our family, I want to thank you for your recent acceptance of my custom pourpoints.
 Thanks again
Prost
 Jason Subiate
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🙂 -Ashley Walker

The front laced DuLac gown in red and white!

Our core values

Create high quality garments that are built to last.

Craft designs that are as historically accurate as possible.

Provide a positive shopping experience.

Make Our customers happy!

Connect with us
Our Address
27 S. May Street Aurora, IL 60506
OUR EMAIL
csr@revivalclothing.com
Call Us
(708) 502-1937