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Medieval Costume
100-1499 AD

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This area lists resources that will assist you in your search for costumes representing 100-1499 AD. This includes the historic periods known as Medieval, Middle Ages, Dark Ages, Gothic, and High Gothic.

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Lady of the Lake


Areas to Research on the Web

 An Archaeological Guide to Viking Men's Clothing

 Anglo-Saxon and Viking Works of the Needle: Some Artistic Currents in Cross-Cultural Exchange

 Book of Kells

 Clothing and Hairstyles of the Bog People

 Cross Stitch Embroidery in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

 English Heraldic Dictionary

 Extant Clothing of the Middle Ages

 Footwear of the Middle Ages

 Gunnas to Houppelands (paper discussing dresses)

 The Handbook of German Dress: Hair & Headresses: 1200-1400s

 The History of Costume by Braun & Schneider

 History of Clerical Costume

 History of Priest's Vestments (Costume)

 Invasion of England, 1066 (Details of the Bayeux Tapestry)

 Medieval Costume History

 Medieval Women's Headdress and Costume

 Opinions about modern "costume" patterns published by the big companies, for use in the SCA or similar organizations

 Origins of Armory

 Tinctures: Basic Colors of Heraldry

 Some Important Events in the Fourteenth Century

 Tres Riches Heures

 Viking Embroidery Stitches and Motifs

 Privy Purse Expenses of Elizabeth of York: Wardrobe Accounts of Edward IV, 1480

 What Was it Really Like to Live in the Middle Ages?

 Women Artists in the Middle Ages

Suggested Readings

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Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince : A Study of the Years 1340-1365

Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, Medieval-1500

Medieval Costume in England and France : The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries

Medieval Costume and Fashion

Dress in the Middle Ages

Embroidery in Britain From 1200 to 1750: The Victoria & Albert Museum's Textile Collection

The Bayeux Tapestry

Images from Manuscripts of Costume

 Manuscript Cover: Of Remedies for Fortune Fair and Foul in 1365.

A History of Illuminated Manuscripts

The Book of Kells

The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Illuminated Manuscripts

Medieval Books for Children or Child at Heart

Knights and Ladies:Costumes for Coloring Series Medieval Costumes Paper Dolls Medieval Fashions Coloring Book Middle Ages Dover Coloring Book A Coloring Book of the Middle Ages


Recommended Videos & DVD Movies

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EXCALIBUR, Costume Designer: Bob Ringwood, 1981

THE LION IN WINTER, Costume Designer: Margaret Furse,1968

THE RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE, Costume Designer: Anne-Marie Marchand, 1982

THE ADVOCATE, Costume Designer: Anna Buruma, 1994

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, Costume Designer:  Hazel Pethig, 1975

THE COURT JESTER, Costume Designer: Edith Head and Yvonne Wood, 1956

LADYHAWKE, Costume Designer: Nana Cecchi, 1985

EL CID, Costume Designer: Veniero Colasanti and John Moore, 1961

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, Costume Designer: Milo Anderson, 1938

BECKET, Costume Designer: Margaret Furse, 1964

RICHARD III, Costume Designer: ???, 1954

BLACK ADDER, Costume Designer: Odile Dicks-Mireaux, 1983 TV Series

Educational Videos

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 Joan of Arc: A&E's Biography

 King Arthur: A&E's Biography

 Celts- 3 video package on the Celtic culture from past to present

 Crusades A documentary of the Holy Wars

 Secrets of the Lost Empires II- Medieval Seige; PBS NOVA Series

 Vision on Art- Van Eyck, Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Rubens

Artists of the Time

 Bosch, Hieronymus

 Van Eyck, Jan







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