I have said it in some previous posts, and maybe it's obvious if you read my latest post about 16th century working women, but my main project for the spring is a German renaissance gown. Early 16th century is my absolute favorite era in Swedish history, and there are quite a few interesting women around. One of the most fascinating is Kristina Gyllenstierna. She has quite a lengthy wiki-article, even if it's not particularly good. I'm really hoping that one day a modern historian will write a biography about her, unfortunately most of what's available about her is written pre-1950 and is steeped in nationalism and romanticism. Anyway if I want to make a gown based on what she could have worn that means a gown from the Swedish court, since she was queen in all but name, from around 1520. But what was Swedish court fashion back then?
Sweden at this time was dependent on the trade with Lübeck, and culturally integrated with northern Germany. So when lacking in portraits of Swedish women from around 1520 I instead chose to look at fashion from that area. I have put together at pinterest board with inspiration for the project, and here are some of the images
If I combine these three images I get a one coloured gown with a square neckline, a closed bodice and fairly tight sleeves, still I really want some slashing if I'm going to make German 16th century but I'm thinking just some slashing at the elbow, like the Cranach portrait above.
For the shift I will use the shift from Maria of Habsburg, also dated to 1520, as the main inspiration for the general shape.
My plan for the spring is to make a shift, an undergown and a gown. If I have time, and a suitable fabric, I would like some kind of headwear. At this stage I'm not going to go for accurate 16th century shoes or hose, that will depend on what opportunities I will have to wear the gown.
So that's the inspiration for my 16th century project. Now since I do know that court gowns aren't the most practical and it can be hard to get any uses for them I am also planning to make a gown that is more fitting a woman from a lower class. I would still use the shift and undergown that I make for this project, but then I would make a gown in wool, which ironically would make it more expensive than what I'm planning for the court gown but that's the nature of being able to use stash instead of having to buy new, high quality materials.