1060-1150 Women of Medieval Romanesque Period "This pattern includes everything needed for a woman's clothing for a Norman or Norman-styled (aka Romanesque) noble or a peasant from 1060-1150. Chainse (chemise) Cotte (tunic) Bliaut (over-tunic) in two lengths with 3 styles of sleeves and neck openings Instructions for mantle (cape), circlet, wimple and veils."
Twelfth-century Frankish royalty. The Frankish prince wears a long, elaborately embroidered bliaud with extremely long sleeves, perhaps to keep his hands warm. His chainse is floor length. Tied at the shoulder, his mantle has an embroidered band at the bottom. The princess wears an outfit with finely embroidered trim. Circling her long bliaud is a double girdle of jeweled leather with silk ties.
Coronation mantle, Russia, 1896. Belonged to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Brocade, silk, ermine, satin ribbon, gold threads. Coronation dress, Russia, 1896. Belonged to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Moscow Kremlin Museums (link: http://collectiononline.kreml.ru/iss2/items?lang=en&sa-fund=2766560). Portrait of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna (Alix of Hesse) by Konstantin Makovsky, c. 1896, via Wikimedia Commons. CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGES.