A Little Time and a Keyboard: Renaissance Finery

Renaissance Finery

Sunday, April 7, 2013

My daughter was thrilled to have a beautiful new dress-up outfit.  The Renaissance costume, “Elegant Lady,” was supplied courtesy of  CostumeDiscounters.com  (disclosure: I received the dress free in exchange for writing an honest product review).

My daughter, who’s almost 8 years old, couldn’t wait to try on her gorgeous frock!  Although I’d worried about choosing the right size (she’s barely a size 7), the 8-10 medium size fit her perfectly. Costume Discounters  has a wide variety of reasonably-priced options in terms of Renaissance costumes, for both adults and children; check it out: http://www.costumediscounters.com/popular-themes/renaissance.html
As the pictures show, the bodice and skirt panels are velvety-like burgundy, with white satin-like fabric comprising the underskirt, lower sleeves and collar.  An additional tulle-like glittery fabric layer appears at the neck, sleeves and skirt.  Gold brocade accents complete the fancy look, and an interior hoopskirt helps to poof out the skirt.

The dress makes her look like she stepped out of 15th century Europe.  As a historical side note, such an elaborately decorated frock worn back in that time period would have subjected her to sumptuary laws (passed in various countries, particularly in Italy) meant to curb citizens’ conspicuous consumption. In Florence, for instance, women decked out in gold trim were fined 100 lire! (see http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.php?id=9483).  Hooray for the Age of Enlightenment!

Besides Halloween, this dress would be ideal to wear to Medieval Times or a medieval re-enactment event; my daughter wants to wear it to her birthday party!  Her only issue upon donning the gown was that the waistline seam was itchy (this is easily remedied by a camisole or tank top).  But for someone who loves all things fairy/princess/fancy, she was in her element – twirling around the house, curtsying, vogueing for the camera.  I know I’ll be trying to persuade her not to wear it to school!

Ready to receive admirers

Disclosure: We received a complimentary product in order to conduct an accurate review. All opinions are 100% our own.

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