Renaissance gown

after Matthäus Schwarz

Period: 1534, Germany

For the special exhibition "Dressed for Success", we were commissioned by the Maximilian Museum in Augsburg to reconstruct a Renaissance garment by Matthäus Schwarz from his "Klaidungsbuechlin", a unique document of the costume history of the German Renaissance.

We chose a costume from the year 1534, which shows him in a red silk robe. The damask shows the typical Renaissance pomegranate motif. The top is slightly padded and the wide upper sleeves are followed by narrow lower sleeves. The trousers are moderately wide; they are clearly attached to the bodice and contain the obligatory codpiece. The waistbands of the trousers have a crescent moon edge at the sides.

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