12th C & The Bliaut
The Bliaut (or Bliaud) is an overgarment worn by both men and women in the 11th to the 13th centuries, which has a voluminous pleated or gathered skirt, and a body that is snugly gathered horizontally under the bust with lacing at the sides. The sleeves are generally quite fitted from shoulder to elbow, and then open into a long angel wing style - womens' sleeves are often shown to extend to near floor-length. There is some discussion as to the exact construction of the garment, as there are no extant garments of this style.
General / Overview
- "A Study of 12th and 13th Century Clothing" by LJML - an overview, mainly regarding the Bliaut
- Introduction to 12th C. Western European Clothing - a 9 page overview. free download from lulu.com, but have to sign up (also free)
- Overview of Bliaut Construction Theories - a survey with several illustrations. You decide what method you think is more accurate.
- Clothing for a 12th Century Lady (PDF) - very brief overview.
- The Wardrobe of a 12th C. Frankish Noblewoman, by Mistress Roheisa Le Sarjent - a really great overview of all garments worn, including cloaks, headwear, accessories & footwear
- 12th & 13th Century Braies, by Lady Aenor d'Anjou
- 12th C. Bliaut - using a t-tunic method with side lacing
- The Bliaut, A 12th Century Court Gown - pattern adapted from islamic style dress, with side lacing
- Serpentine Braids (PDF) - free downloads from lulu.com, but you have to sign up (also free)