Renaissance costumes

for the Hunsrück Museum

Period: 1570-80, Germany

Paintings by Cranach the Younger served as models for a men's costume and a women's costume from the German Renaissance. Original cuts from the Bavarian National Museum in Munich were used as the basis for the upper and lower dress of the women's costume.

The underdress is made of diamond-stitched silk decorated with pearls, as was popular in the late 16th century. An open coat made of black velvet is worn over the underdress.
The coat is adorned with filigree jewellery elements decorated with pearls and ‘gemstones’ as well as metal cords. The toque (velvet cap) with its hand-embroidered ornaments pick up again the decoration of the outer garment. This headdress is underlaid with braided silk ribbons decorated with pearls.

The doublet is made of gold-coloured silk trimmed with old gold metal cords. The old gold braid is hand-embroidered with metal threads and small ‘gemstones’. The gentleman wears the pluderhose so popular in German-speaking and Nordic countries. The beret is also made of velvet, decorated with feathers and jewellery.

The Renaissance costumes were designed for an exhibition on the Electors of the Palatinate for the Hunsrück Museum.

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