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She's wearing a bliaut, a style that was popular in 12th and early 13th centuries, for both men and women. It was a tightly fitted tunic, with flaring sleeves. She alse wears a girdle, wrapped twice arond her waist. She wears her hair parted in the middle and braided into two braids. Fashionable braids were very long and could be extended with hair pieces. Married women would wear a veil over their braids.
1700 half bodice
A new pic! Two ladies wearing late 17th/early 18th century haristyles and some pretty unusual dresses, with decorative or even armor-like bodices worn outside. I've been intrigued by those gowns for quite some time now. I've been seeing them on numerous paintings (mainly by Nicolas Largilliere but not only), but I haven't found any description anywhere....

Here's some examples:………
1670 Redingote
A formal riding habit for women appeared somewhere in latter half of 17th century. Up until then, women wore normal everyday dresses for riding. Outfit included a men's coat, masculine hat and even a periwig. The only difference was a full petticoat instead of breeches. While pretty conservative to today's eye, it was actually quite scandalous because of its similarities to men's clothing. 

Obviosuly, this kind of dress is suited for a lady-like side saddle. I don't know much about horse riding and so it's hard for me to imagine, how comfortable could it be, to ride astride wearing something like that. All post-medieval paintings I've found, that depict women riding astride, show them wearing breeches. Anyone know more about this? Are there any paintings with women riding astride while wearing skirts? They had to sometimes, but considering that there was no underwear, that'd have to chaf... did they wear breaches underneath skirts?
France 500s (Merovingian dynasty)
Frankish women from 6th century. 

Franks were a Germanic tribe, that migrated to Gaul somewhere in the 5th century. Somewhere in the middle of the century, a Merovingian dynasty was formed and it ruled the Franks until 752. 

Both women wear knee long tunics with longer, front-opened overgowns, that are closing with brooches and/or a belt. They cover their heads with long, colorful veils. They also wear hose, with decorative garters.

Disclaimer! Just as back in 400s (…) please bear in mind, that there's limited resources for the centuries of Merovingian dynasty and therefore the outfit cannot be 100% (or even 75%) accurate. I tried to base it on stuff found in Arnegunde's tomb + people's reimaginations of it + little bit of Byzantine influence


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Kei2000 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Student General Artist
Wow! Jak super, że ktoś rysuje postaci w strojach z różnych wieków! Zawsze miałam problem ze znalezieniem interesujących mnie strojów w Google.
A tu taka niespodzianka Love 
M4IAN Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Is it possible that I can use you'er drawing for references?
Tadarida Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
sure, go ahead!
M4IAN Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you.
AngelusMerkel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just had a look through your gallery. I really think you should publish a book on the history of fashion.
Tadarida Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016
I'd love to but it'd have to be done professionally, with proper descriptions and sources... and time's a hard resource to come by :)
Modele-Citizen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
Next time you are in London, visit the National Portrait Gallery. There are many detailed paintings of women in fancy dress. I often wonder if the clothes really looked like that, or were just inventions of the artist to make the client look better.
Tadarida Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016
Sure will :) Well, people did wear their best and most expensive clothes for portrait posing, even if they couldn't really afford wearing something like that everyday. I don't know if artists invented stuff thogh.
Maikelluke Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
These all costume-pictures are so great!
Tadarida Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
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