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C15th Collection

Step back in time with these stunning Italian costumes from the 15th century

Background imageC15th Collection: A long snouted sow plays a harp, walks on stilts and wears the fashionable French

A long snouted sow plays a harp, walks on stilts and wears the fashionable French steeple-shaped headdress known as a Hennin. A style rare in England. Date: late 15th century

Background imageC15th Collection: Italian Costumes C15Th

Italian Costumes C15Th
Italian costume: gown with hanging sleeves & laced across the kirtle bodice; gown with large sleeves ornamented with bows. Man: fur-trimmed jacket & sleeveless, hooded garment. Date: 15th century

Background imageC15th Collection: Costume of C15Th

Costume of C15Th
Clothing includes: a houppelande with hanging sleeves, pouch hanging from a belt; plumed fur hat worn over an undercap; high buskins & a cape, cote-hardie, piked shoes Date: 15th century

Background imageC15th Collection: Florentine Costume C15Th

Florentine Costume C15Th
Fur-lined and edged houppelande or gown with funnel sleeves & a hood; fur- trimmed huke worn over a doublet. Both wear hose, piked shoes (cracowes) & caps. Date: circa 1425

Background imageC15th Collection: Dagged Costumes C15Th

Dagged Costumes C15Th
Male & female costumes ornamented with dagging: short cape, jackets with full sleeves or epaulettes, hose & garters, broad brimmed hat; gown with hanging sleeves. Date: 15th century

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English Costume C15Th
Men: cap with turned up brim, chaperon with liripipe, hose, short houppelandes ( one with dagged sleeves). Woman: fur- trimmed gown, hanging sleeves, high-crowned bonnet headdress Date: 15th century

Background imageC15th Collection: German Noblewomen C15Th

German Noblewomen C15Th
German ladies of rank: gown with deep fur hem & falling collar over an ornate kirtle. A loose belt is worn. Or a gown with a square neckline, wide funnel sleeves & girdle. Date: late 15th century

Background imageC15th Collection: Courtiers Dress C15Th

Courtiers Dress C15Th
Garments: chaperon, dagged (scalloped) huke, two colour jacket worn over a doublet, riding buskins & spurs, hooded houppelande or gown with dagged, wide funnel sleeves Date: 15th century

Background imageC15th Collection: Costume / Brass of C15Th

Costume / Brass of C15Th
Monumental brass in Digswell Church, Hertfordshire: wide, padded headdress with veil, houppelande with turned down collar, long funnel sleeves, kirtle sleeves visible. Date: early 15th century

Background imageC15th Collection: French Nobles of C15Th

French Nobles of C15Th
Fur-lined and edged houppelandes or gowns with hanging sleeves worn over doublets, a pouch or bag suspended from a belt & hats with burlets. Date: circa 1425

Background imageC15th Collection: Mens Costume of C15Th

Mens Costume of C15Th
Various social classes from farmer to judge: hose, hood with tabs, pouch suspended from belt, piked pattens & shoes (cracowes), houppelande (gown) with hanging sleeves. Date: 1425

Background imageC15th Collection: Steeple Headdress

Steeple Headdress
A fanciful Victorian depiction of a mediaeval lady wearing a Hennin or steeple headdress of the late C15th. Other aspects of her costume date from the 14th century

Background imageC15th Collection: Shoes of C15

Shoes of C15
English footwear: a pair of Piked or Copped shoes, also called Poulaines or Cracowes ; a pair of late C15th leather pattens

Background imageC15th Collection: Map of Europe C15Th

Map of Europe C15Th
A map of Europe drawn in 1450 and labelled in Latin

Background imageC15th Collection: Ladies of C15Th

Ladies of C15Th
Ermine lined gown with belt, gown with tight sleeves worn over the knuckles or turned back to form a cuff, sleeveless garment with side vent worn over a kirtle


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Step back in time with these stunning Italian costumes from the 15th century. The intricate details and exquisite craftsmanship of these garments transport us to a bygone era. From the elegant Florentine costume to the elaborate courtiers' dress, each piece tells a story of its own. In this collection, you'll find a long snouted sow playing a harp, walking on stilts, and even wearing the fashionable French attire of that time. These whimsical touches add an element of surprise and playfulness to the ensemble. The dagged costumes from England showcase their unique style with jagged edges that create an eye-catching silhouette. Meanwhile, German noblewomen's outfits exude sophistication and grace, reflecting their status in society. As we delve deeper into history, we discover brass engravings depicting various scenes from the 15th century. These artworks provide valuable insights into how people dressed during this period. French nobles were known for their opulent attire during this era. Their extravagant gowns adorned with luxurious fabrics and intricate embellishments truly captured everyone's attention. Not forgetting men's fashion, which was equally as important during this time. Men donned doublets paired with stylish hats or caps to complete their sophisticated look. Lastly, let us not forget that C15th was once the fortress capital of Malwa sultans—a place where history intertwines with fashion seamlessly. Immerse yourself in the beauty and grandeur of these C15th costumes; they are more than just clothes but gateways to another world—one filled with elegance, charm, and rich cultural heritage.