The original costume design
Fitted Medieval Cottehardie
A gown of rusty red-brown linen in the style of the French 1350's.
Designed, draped, dyed, stitched and worn by Samantha Reckford, with photographs by Molly Reckford.
The gown is partially flat-lined with heavy linen for structure and opens in the front with a line of 24 glass buttons. The sleeves are also buttoned to the elbow, which handmade spherical buttons made of the same fabric. In efforts to be as accurate to history as possible, the gown features no darts, princess seams or lacings and relies on curved side seams and center seams for the tight fit and dramatic shape. The sleeves are one piece with built-in gussets and are cut on the bias.
The spherical buttons, long sleeves with ‘cuffs’ extending to the knuckles, and low, wide neckline are indicative of mid 1300's cottehardie style, which briefly came into vogue between periods of more modest, loose-fitting garments. This dress is based on extant historical patterns and research by Jean Hunnisett.
Photographs by Molly Reckford, modeled by the artist
- Designer, stitcher, draper
- Historical Project
- October – November, 2015