Historical Clothing From the Inside Out – A Handbook for Women’s Clothing of the Late 15th Century

Historical Clothing From the Inside Out: A Handbook for Women’s Clothing of the Late 15th Century
by Anna Malmborg och Willhelm Schütz

A manual for anyone interested in the North European dress, including materials and cuts, of the period. The book gives an in-depth presentation of the female dress, from the smock worn next to the skin, to the veil and kirtle. In a plain, instructive way, the experienced authors put the male dress in its historical perspective, while also taking a closer look at its details. Apart from cuts, influences, choice of material, contemporary dyes and accessories are discussed. The manual is richly illustrated with modern drawings, as well as contemporary art and photos of reconstructions and finds. In short, a must-have for anyone who wishes to create their own 15th century wardrobe.

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This is the second title in the series “Historical clothing – from the inside out”, where historical dress is rendered in detail, covering both male and female clothing.

A manual for women’s clothing provides a detailed description of women’s fashion in late 15th century northern Europe. From next-to-skin undergarments to everything worn on top of it – headwear, accessories, hairstyles and more. The book pays particular attention to how the garments were tailored, and how they functioned together – the dress profile.

The book is illustrated throughout with historical paintings that provide an overall picture as perceived by contemporary eyes. In addition, modern reconstructions are pictured, along with clear and informative illustrations by Anna Emanuelsson, giving you both pattern drawings and a clear guide to properly pinning your veil.

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Anna Malmborg

Anna Malmborg is Bachelor of Arts with a major in history and archaeology. She lectures and hosts workshops for a number of clients, such as the Sensus Study Association, Kapitelhusgården in Visby and the Medieval Week, Gotland. Anna has studied art, written sources, archaeological material and preserved garments from various European museums. She possesses thorough knowledge about dress construction, dress history and hand sewing. She produces historical clothing for private customers, museums and foundations. A lot of her work, with a strong focus on the late 15th century, is presented via her blog, renikasanachronisticadventures.

WillhelM Schütz
Willhelm Schütz is originally a trained blacksmith with a focus on the recreation of historical blade weapons, knives and utility goods, but has gradually come to include the entire dress in his focus. Willhelm combines his sense of historical idiom and style with a solid foundation built on source material, and is therefore an example for other reenactors. He works with museums and associations in order to create amazing weapons, clothes and utility goods, and to organise high-end events. Willhelm spends a large part of the year reenacting the late 1400s in co-operation with a number of groups in Sweden and Europe. He is one of the driving forces behind the annual event Glimmingehus 1470–99. …..more

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