Wool Frontlaced Gown

Wool Frontlaced Gown

$449.95

    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Also available made to order Linen
    • 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
    • Lace available in natural or black(+$5)
    • size 6 is available as a custom order +$40
    • If you would like to order this in one of our patterned wools – use that selection in the drop down and specify which pattern(from the swatches below) in the notes of your order.
    • Can be custom ordered in any color combination as a Parti-colored gown +$50
    • If you would like to this in parti-colored combo –  use that selection in the drop down and specify which two colors you would like(limited to colors listed in swatches below)
    • This style is made to order so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery
    • Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us(708-502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.

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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.

Wool Colors:

Red, Burgundy, Royal Blue, Hunter Green, Purple, Black

Dark Brown, Camel, Patterned Wool (Please don’t hesitate to email, call or text us (708-502-1937) with any questions about available patterned wools)

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% wool, 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 a detail of the Book of Hours for Franciscan Use circa late 14th century in The Bibliotheque National, Paris, France

Drawing after the Hours of Milan circa 1380

Drawing after the effigy of Lady Burton circa 1382 in The Little Casterton Church,Rutlandshire, England

Drawing after a detail of the Book of Hours for Franciscan Use circa late 14th century in The Bibliotheque National, Paris, France

Drawing after the Hours of Milan circa 1380

Drawing after the effigy of Lady Burton circa 1382 in The Little Casterton Church,Rutlandshire, England

Drawing after a detail of the Book of Hours for Franciscan Use circa late 14th century in The Bibliotheque National, Paris, France

Drawing after the Hours of Milan circa 1380

Drawing after the effigy of Lady Burton circa 1382 in The Little Casterton Church,Rutlandshire, England

A woman in a grey wool frontlace gown, her white underdress showing through from the open sleeves. She wears a rectangular linen Veil, held in place with a barbette. She finishes the look with a black leather quatra-bar belt and kidney pouch.

An adventurous woman wears a warm camel wool frontlace gown, contrasted with a red wool dagged hood she has repurposed into a headdress and red leather belt. her underdress shows from her open sleeves, the ends of which are tucked into her leather gloves.

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