A review of Holyclothing on Ebay
- On one of the newcomer's lists I'm on, someone had asked about the
suitability of clothing from the Ebay store Holyclothingcom. I couldn't remember which
list it was, so I figured I would post to both.
Unfortunately, while much of their work is beautiful, it is generally not
usable for SCA garb. One of the give-aways is anything that is listed as
gothic/victorian/renaissance or gothic/medieval/renaissance or anything like that -
those are three entirely different styles and anything that could be described
that way would not really bear any resemblance to renaissance clothing.
The only thing I saw in the 6 pages I looked at that might be useable is the
"Romeo and Juliet Renaissance" - although it is not a renaissance style! It
actually bears more resemblance to an earlier period lady's gown - say 12th or
13th century. This would be the garment worn over a chemise, and possibly
under a sideless surcoat or one of the 13th century surcoats that have fairly
large armholes, but aren't sideless. I'm sure the construction and fabric are
not accurate, but the overall silhouette isn't too bad.
For a look at some other styles that would be appropriate, try
historicenterprises.com or revivalclothing.com. These both do mostly 14th and 15th century
stuff, but that's pretty much what's out there ready-made that is highly
authentic. Looking at those styles may help you to see what you might look for
with other merchants.
Try the juried merchants list at http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/merchants/?
There is a list of 15 clothing and fabric merchants there, mostly with links to
their websites, which tend to have better than average garb for SCA use.
Shire of Silver Rylle, East Kingdom
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