Re: Merovingian, was RE: Pennsic Projects
> From: "Arianne de Chateaumichel" <arianne@...>Are you thinking of a different style? I don't have Boucher so I can't
> Um, I hate to say this, but the latest research I've read on the subject of Merovingian
> clothing has Merovingian women in floor-length gowns, unlike the 60's and 70's era
> renditions. It certainly makes more sense considering the social and climatic situation
> at the time and locale and fits with the remaining artworks from the time (several are
> copied in Boucher's _20,000 Years of Fashion_), all of which show the women in
> floor-length gowns. The researchers still have the short-sleeved overgown layer with
> separate sleeves sewn on, while to me the artworks look like a wide rectangle,
> approximately elbow to elbow, got belted in (there's a good example of what I mean on
> p. 155 of Boucher, the piece from the 8th c. Altar of Ratchis, where the Madonna's
> "sleeves" follow the exact same line as the 4th c. diptych of "Serena" and family on p.
> 146 of the same book. So, no short skirts for proper Merovingian women, and don't
> leave off the long-sleeved gown underneath either!
look at what you're talking about, but afaik, the sleeves of the
overgown/caftan are always pictured as long. I have heard the undertunic
long/short controversy before. I honestly don't think we'll ever have
this answered conclusively. Recently, I have also heard that the
undertunic may have been sleeveless, which makes sense if it's either
borrowed from the Roman tunica style, or perhaps a peplos dress (which
I've done for convenience' sake long before I heard of this).