How Authentic is Normal?
- I just joined the SCA last month and have just recently attended my
first court function. I was a bit concerned because I was very much
out of period in dress - just a doublet and a sword I happened to
already have plus a feather in my hat to signal that I was at least
However, with very, very few exceptions, my minimal garb was
more 'period' than most of what I saw. And I'm talking senior folks,
barons, knights etc.
It seems that most SCAians think slavic peasant garb equals
authentic medieval. The most common 'outfit' observed was heavy
black biker boots or brown hippy Indian laceup boots, baggy pants
(sweats or plaid pajama-like) and a tunic that looked like something
a 19th century slavic peasant might wear to market day. This in no
way equates to what I think was wore 'in-period'. I'm new to the SCA
but not to either interest in the medieval period or to the ability
to research a subject. (I can't comment regarding the female attaire
as I haven't researched it at all)
Is basic slavic peasant attire kind of the norm? The heavy black
boots are very masculine in an American 'Rebel without a Cause' sort
of way, but nothing like court dress in the medieval period. I had
intended to aim for something more authentic - gown, tights and
pointed shoes. As a result of my visit to court, I feel perfectly
free to go for something sort of a cross between Heavy Metal fantasy
medieval and BDSM leathers.
But, I'm curious. Do other regions dress 'in-period'?
- Hmm. See, I'm a believer in Caradoc's philosophy of "don't let the best
be the enemy of the good". While I certainly realize that biker boots
are not hand crafted period shoes, I find them a lot more appropriate
than Docs or addidas. I find biker boots totally ignorable.