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Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands

This exhibition from the Morgan Library and Museum allows you to page through several dozen 14th and 15th century illuminated manuscripts, and zoom in on the clothes. Visitors can page through the manuscript or view all of the fashionable thumbnails. For example, visitors can click on the thumbnail "St. Adrian as a Fashion Plate" (Part 2) ca. 1440, from Book of Hours, and see the saint wearing a new style for 1440--a fur-lined, knee-length gown, belted at the waist, with stylish pleating and a V neck, as well as a fur hat. Compare this Adrian with "St. Adrian as a Fashion Plate" (Part 1) ca. 1415-20, from a Book of Hours. This earlier version of the saint wears a short embroidered pourpoint with luxurious poke sleeves, and a blue-lined cloak. Each image allows visitors to zoom in and provides a short description of the manuscript and the fashion by clicking on "About this manuscript". The glossary, which also includes illustrations, reveals that a Pourpoint is a close-fitting jacket of fine cloth, often quilted, while poke sleeves are bag-shaped. In the "Replicas" section visitors can view photographs of four full-scale replicas found at the Museum that are modeling a few of the late medieval ensembles found in the manuscripts.
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