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Men's suit inspired by the painting

“Marguerite de Valois avec son frère Hercule Francois”

Period: around 1590, France

This commissioned work for historical dance is based upon a picture of the French School of painting art.
We crafted doublet and trousers from precious lampas fabric, which has been woven based on original patterns from the 16th century. The resulting pointed, oval fabric is found in vast number of varieties from the early 16th to the first half of the 17th century.
The large vertical pattern repeat is very typical: The original fabric from the Bavarian National museum (pictured below) has a repeat pattern of 61cm (24"); ours has 54cm (21,3").

The strengthened doublet has been equipped with a peplum. While most men in Europe during the 16th century wore codpieces with their trousers, this fashion was quite uncommon in France.
There are two doublets: a second, heavily stiffened is worn on top of the first one. Corresponding to the painting we crafted it with worked-in slashes at the front and at the back. The buttons are hand-made and match the bezels of the standing collar, the decorative wings and the waist-tabs. To reaffirm the serious impression of the top doublet we decided for a silk of heavy metallic appearance. This effect is due to the different warp and weft yarns of the fabric: the former uses the exact same red tone as the damask, while the latter is of the same gold tone.

A short velvet cape complements the ensemble; those were popular representatives of Spanish fashion at the end of the 16th century. The velvet fabric was dyed in a dark red tone that goes beautifully with fundamental coloring of the dress and thus reinforces its brilliance. Optionally this Tudor suit can also be worn with a small neck ruff.

The entire suit creation is based on original cuts of the late 16th century.

Price category: D