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Merovingian by Tadarida Merovingian by Tadarida
Early Medieval clothing:

Frankish women from the time of the Merovingian dynasty wore colourful tunics, fastened with two belts and a band of precious materials.
They wore their hair in long pleats, covered with veils or caps.
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Liutgard Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Those are not Merovingian, despite what Norris and Braun & Schneider say. They are approximations of mid-12th century fashions, interpreting the ruching in the midriff as a separate piece of clothing (woman on left). This was a common view, particularly among the Victorians, but is no longer held by costume historians. The basic ideal is taken straight off of the portals at Chartres. This is more appropriate for a 12th c file.

If you want examples of Merovingian clothing, look for 'Arnegunde', who was a 6th c Queen. The archeological records are astounding, and her clothing, shoes, belt, veil, and jewelery were in quite good condition. There's been a lot of writing about her and her clothes, and a lot of photos of the actual pieces. You can even chart out the embroidery, if you're so inclined.
CountessOfTheNight Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
They are very beautiful. I wish I had a dress like that :)
Caradepato Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
This is brilliant. In a world that insists on having almost all of its fictional females in rediculous and revealing clothes for no reason, even if said clothes are completely unpractical, unhistorical or just downright stupid, it is good to know that some people take history, the art of clothesmaking and women with respect and can pump out great art like this.

Thank you.
Tadarida Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Thank YOU ;) I hate it as well, especially when women who are supposed to be warriors are wearing chainmail bikinis or something equally stupid. There are some periods when women revealed more, but Middle-Age is not one of them.
Caradepato Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
By the way, my sister was so inspired by this picture that we are now sewing her a new dress for an upcoming LARP.
Caradepato Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
its also interesting to see clothes from just the Merovingian period, one of the least common periods of history to see art about.
RyanRyzzo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful!
gudruna Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
princessireneofceres Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Writer
I didn't mean to ask twice, it didn't upload the fist time.
princessireneofceres Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Writer
I was wondering, I have an art project due Friday where we have to draw human figures and I was wondering if I could draw these. You'd get all proper credit.
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