Dresses

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Dresses

For under-layer see Under Shifts
For outer-layer clothing see Women's Cloaks and Coats

Dresses

All Periods

This is a T-shaped linen or woollen garment, flaring from underarms, bust or hips to create a full skirt of ankle length. Sleeves should be full length and tight to the wrist. They are often made over long so as to cover the hand and then worn rucked back. Rolling the sleeves up the arm is considered 'Unacceptable' as this should be impossible to do with authentically tight sleeves.

The collar line should be oval or round and tight to the neck, with just enough space to get your head through. A slit can be cut at the front to form a keyhole shape and closed by ties.

Dress & Scarf Hiberno-Norse

Dress & Scarf
Hiberno-Norse
by Louise Archer


Over Dresses

All Periods

For an extra layer of warmth an over-dress can be worn. These are always worn under the head covering, never over it.

A woollen over-dress is similar to a dress but has loose sleeves that end just before the wrist exposing the rucked sleeves of the dress beneath. During certain periods a version of the over-dress was worn that had a shorter skirt so as to expose the hem of the dress.

Over Dress(Mid - Very Late)

Over Dress
(Mid - Very Late)
by Sarah Doyle

Over Dress(Mid - Very Late)

Over Dress
(Mid - Very Late)
by Kat Dearden

Viking Hangerocks

Very Early to Early

Hangerocks can only be worn by pagan Vikings. In Britain this would usually be a first generation settler. Hangerocks must not be worn at events after AD 979.

No Hangerocks may be worn without accompanying tortoise brooches or other culturally correct paired brooches. The main alternatives to tortoise brooches are the Gotland animal headed brooches. These can only be worn by a character in distinctive Gotlandic kit. Gotlandic items must not be mixed with other Viking kit. Other alternatives could be disc brooches or converted Carolingian strap ends but these would have to be approved by the Authenticity Officer before being allowed. Trefoil brooches or equal armed brooches are not acceptable alternatives.

Women wearing hangerocks may only have one string of beads between the brooches except for those portraying a RICH woman who may have two.

A small disc brooch can be worn at the throat to close the neck of the dress or shift worn under the Hangerock. Viking disc brooches tend to be concave in cross section in contrast to the flat styles worn by English women.

Hangerock

Hangerock
by Catherine Stallybrass

Hangerock& Back-train

Hangerock
& Back-train
by Louise Archer

Hangerock

Hangerock
by Helen Bowstead-Stallybrass

Gotland Viking Worn with Gotlandic animal head brooches

Gotland Viking
Worn with Gotlandic animal head brooches
by Alicia Anderson


Carolingian Over Dresses

Very Early to Mid

Although referred to as a Carolingian dress this style also extend through the Ottonian period (950-1050) until finally being replaced by the Norman styles.


Carolingian Over Dress
by Louise Archer

Bliut Dresses

Mid to Very Late

Bliaut Dress - Norman Style 2nd half of C11th

Bliaut Dress - Norman Style
2nd half of C11th

Bliaut Dress - Rounded Style C12th

Bliaut Dress - Rounded Style
C12th

Bliaut Dress - Square Style C12th

Bliaut Dress - Square Style
C12th

Magyar Sleeved Dresses

Angevin

Magyar Sleeved Dress AD 1180-1215

Magyar Sleeved Dress
AD 1180-1215
by Kat Dearden

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