German Renaissance ClothingFirst, I would like to publish a disclaimer here that I am not a costumer... I just like to play around with some different styles of clothing. My dream is to one day make an authentic set of clothing for my 14th Century persona. Until then, I kind of move around to many different countries and several different time periods.
Judith by Lucas Cranach, 1530
Portrait of Three Young Women by Lucas Cranach, 1530
Me Sitting... 1999
A Standing Pose, cropped... 1999
Another Standing Pose... 1999
These are photos of me in my FIRST (and only, so far) attempt at German Renaissance dress, using a painting from Cranach as inspiration (see above). I made this dress in 1994 for my elevation to the Order of the Laurel (for C&I). I have yet to figure out how to make the hat I want... which is shown in the second Cranach painting above, the lady in the middle.
I have gained considerable weight since the dress was first constructed, so it does not fit properly now, but it didn't look too bad when first made. I know it is not exact, but I think it does have the "flavor" of the one in the painting. Of course, my figure is nowhere close to the way Cranach painted, but then, I don't know too many Germanic women who have that figure, either (and I am only 3rd generations from my original German roots).I tried to maintain the pattern of the decoration as shown in the original painting (above), but decided to use gold glass seed beads. I am assuming the original had tiny seed beads, but am not positive. I adapted the plastron/placket design to incorporate my own Unicorn. I made the dress in green (which doesn't show well here) velveteen, and the chemise in fake silk (bad idea, it doesn't breath). I attached my plastron to the chemise, as most of the paintings suggested a curve to the plastron (to me, anyway). The jacket and sleeves are lined in green cotton. The plastron is made of Thai silk (which I just happened to have in my sewing room).
A detail of the beadwork
(note how tight the left upper sleeve is... this is due to my weight gain, not by design)
Go to Einhorn Manor (my home page)
Go to Handbuch der Deutschen Tracht Images