Linen Frontlaced Gown

Linen Frontlaced Gown

$309.95

    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Also available made to order Wool
    • All interior seams enclosed or finished
    • Available in a medieval palette of natural and jewel tones
    • No visible machine stitching
    • Frontlaced closure allows for near custom fit
    • Comes in five sizes to accommodate most body types
    • Can be custom ordered in any color combination as a Parti-colored gown +$50
    • If you choose parti-colored option add your color choices in the comments box during checkout
    • Lace available in natural or black +$5
    • size 6 is available as a custom order +$50
    • Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us(708-502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.

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About our Linen Frontlaced Gown

The 15th century was a time of great cultural and social change in Europe. In the north, the old institutions of the Middle Ages were waning, while south of the Alps the Renaissance was already being born in Italy. It was a century that saw the rise of humanism, the first of the great Renaissance artists, the birth of the printing press and the discovery of the New World. But it also saw bloody civil war throughout England and the Empire, the rise and fall of the Dukes of Burgundy, and the stirrings of religious discontent that would blossom into the viscious religious wars of the following century. Amidst this culture of change and innovation in art, arms and armour, a variety of new clothing styles emerged, largely driven by the luxurious courts of Burgundy and those of the wealthy Italian despots.

We have chosen to introduce our forthcoming 15th century line with this dress because of its versatility and uniqueness. Based on contemporary artwork, we have chosen several distinctive elements of early-to-mid 15th century clothing: a wide, somewhat squared neckline revealing the top of the underdress, front-lace closure, and short sleeves flaring into long streamers, an evolution of the tight sleeves and tippets popular with the 14th century cotehardie.

Although some of these individual elements first began appearing in the second half of the 14th century, they did not commonly appear, let alone in combination, until circa 1400. Together, they create an elegant and distinctive garment typical of the first half of the 15th century. This means that such a gown is still contemporary with the last fashionable years of our current 14th century cottes, while at the same time overlapping with the introduction of the gowns and doublets that typify the middle and late 1400s, allowing you many different ways to elegantly match your lord across much of the century, and making for a good introductory garment to 15th century fashion.

This gown's front closure uses the same placket design as our back-laced gowns, allowing it to be fully adjustable. The lacing, short sleeves and linen construction makes for a perfect dress on hot summer days. Our standard lace is a natural color or you can get black for an additional charge. Made in 100% linen, the short-sleeved gown is available in the colors listed below in all of our standard sizes. Please note that in our historical references, below, the gown is always pictured as a short-sleeved gown, with the underdress omitted. This is simply so that he lines of the overdress are not obscured in the drawings. Please note that the gown is always shown worn with a long-sleeved underdress. In period, ladies did not brazenly display their arms!

Read more about the 15th Century in our From the Pen of History article here!

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    Lovely workmanship and sturdy material!

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Size Chart

Note: In our women’s clothes we’ve abandoned ‘standard’, modern sizing because it is far from standard, and tends to cause more confusion than provide accurate information. So, please judge your size by your chest and waist measurements. We do not give hip measurements because the gown flares dramatically at the hip and is so generously sized there that fit is not an issue at that point. A range of fit is given for each size because the lacings and placket in the back start at the top and extend to below the hip providing flexibility within each size as well as a near perfect fit to each individual within that size range. The gowns run long with a small train so that you can wear them in the authentic fashion of the period – trailing along the ground or hem it to your desired length.

Size Bust Measurement Waist Measurement
2 36- 40″ 28- 34″
3 40- 44″ 31- 39″
4 44- 50″ 36- 44″
5 50- 56″ 44-52″
6 56- 62″ 50- 56″

Size 6 is available made-to-order only.

White, Black, Red, Royal Blue, Burgundy, Purple

Slate Blue, Sage, Dark Green, Oatmeal, Dark Brown, Gold

Note: Please note, with the difficulty of accurately representing colors on a variety of monitors, the color names are meant as descriptions along with the swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.

The 15th century was a time of great cultural and social change in Europe. In the north, the old institutions of the Middle Ages were waning, while south of the Alps the Renaissance was already being born in Italy. It was a century that saw the rise of humanism, the first of the great Renaissance artists, the birth of the printing press and the discovery of the New World. But it also saw bloody civil war throughout England and the Empire, the rise and fall of the Dukes of Burgundy, and the stirrings of religious discontent that would blossom into the viscious religious wars of the following century. Amidst this culture of change and innovation in art, arms and armour, a variety of new clothing styles emerged, largely driven by the luxurious courts of Burgundy and those of the wealthy Italian despots.

We have chosen to introduce our forthcoming 15th century line with this dress because of its versatility and uniqueness. Based on contemporary artwork, we have chosen several distinctive elements of early-to-mid 15th century clothing: a wide, somewhat squared neckline revealing the top of the underdress, front-lace closure, and short sleeves flaring into long streamers, an evolution of the tight sleeves and tippets popular with the 14th century cotehardie.

Although some of these individual elements first began appearing in the second half of the 14th century, they did not commonly appear, let alone in combination, until circa 1400. Together, they create an elegant and distinctive garment typical of the first half of the 15th century. This means that such a gown is still contemporary with the last fashionable years of our current 14th century cottes, while at the same time overlapping with the introduction of the gowns and doublets that typify the middle and late 1400s, allowing you many different ways to elegantly match your lord across much of the century, and making for a good introductory garment to 15th century fashion.

This gown’s front closure uses the same placket design as our back-laced gowns, allowing it to be fully adjustable. The lacing, split sleeves and linen construction makes for a perfect dress on hot summer days. Our standard lace is a natural color or you can get black for an additional charge. Made in 100% linen, the split-sleeved frontlace gown is available in the colors listed below in all of our standard sizes. Please note that in our historical references, below, the gown is always pictured as a short-sleeved gown, with the underdress omitted. This is simply so that he lines of the overdress are not obscured in the drawings. Please note that the gown is always shown worn with a long-sleeved underdress. In period, ladies did not brazenly display their arms!

Read more about the 15th Century in our From the Pen of History article here!

Drawing after ‘Lancelot du Lac’ et la quete du Graal circa 1385, manuscript 343 in the Bibliotethque National, Paris, France

Drawing after a representation of Christine de Pisan in work ‘Le Livre du Chemin de Lonque Estude’ circa 1403 in the Bibliotethque National Royal de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium

Drawing after a portrait painting in the ‘Braque Family Tryptich’ by Rogier van der Weyden circa 1450 in the Museo del Prado, Louvre, Paris, France

Drawing after the painting ‘The Deposition’ by Rogier van der Weyden circa 1435 in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Drawing after Le Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry circa 1413 in the Bibliotheque du Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Drawing after the frontispeice of Christine De Pisan’s Collected Works in which she is presenting it to Isabeau of Bavaria, Queen of France – MS Harvey 4431 (vol 2) in the British Library, London, England

Drawing after an illuminated manuscript circa early 15th century, Krumlov MS, ref. no III B 10 fol.47 in the National Museum, Prague, Czechoslavakia

Drawing after an illustration in the Velislav Picture Bible fol. 10 circa mid 14th century in the National Library, Prague, Czechoslavakia

Drawing after Le Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry circa 1413 in the Bibliotheque du Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

A lady wears a dark green linen frontlace gown with her underdress visible from her open sleeves. she contrasts the look with a red linen liripipe hood.

A lady wears a royal blue linen frontlace gown with contrasting gold linen half-sleeves. She covers her hair modestly with a wimple and red linen short-tail hood. She travels light with only her gold tasseled pouch on her persons.

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