Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Renaissance Garb

For who enjoy attending the Renaissance Festival, and maybe want to start looking at costumes, or new ones, I have a nice list of shops that I have either purchased from or simply adore their work.
Over the years I have slowly compiled a ridiculous list of resources, links, images, patterns, costume stores etc.

First up, Research. The Renaissance was a cultural movement of perspective art and reformation of education that spanned the 14th to the 17th century, which started in Italy and quickly progressed through the rest of Europe. Here are a few links for research I have found.

Below are a few stores, with appx. price ranges and samples of dresses from their stores.

Renaissance Dress "Starter Packs" - $100-$250

 Your Dress Maker - $80 and up

Some of the High End Dresses are based on some paintings of the Tudors.

The Tudor Shoppe - $89 and up

Etsy Shops
LoriAnn - $85 and up

The Wenches Wardrobe - $145 and up

Camelots Closet - $38 and up

A few key things that I have found helpful:

  1. Chemise - If its just an over dress, it means you will want a white (or colored!) chemise for under the dress to peek through.

  2. Bloomers - they are handy and very comfortable for all-day wear. I have used a pair of cropped leggings too!

  3. Hoop skirt - if you want a full skirt, get one of these. I am doing it for the first time this year and found some nice cheap ones on ebay like this.

  4. Accessorize: Go nuts, fox tails, belts, jeweled hair nets, french hoods, etc.
Do you have any fun tips hints or awesome costuming?

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