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Dress of Margaret, Queen of Denmark

Possibly the burial gown of Queen Margaret of Denmark, who died in 1412. There is also a theory that this dress was made to be her wedding gown. If that is true, it's very remarkable that she was able to fit into it upon her death, since she was 10 years old when married in 1363. The proportions of the garment do indicate that it was made for a girl, not a woman. On the other hand, the material was carbon-date to 1403-1439, much later than her wedding date.

The fabric was really splendid, a mixture of gold and silk. Understandably, it was used to the last thread. The pattern nonetheless is very simple, consisting of 4 pattern-pieces, but every pattern-piece was sewn together from many smaller pieces of fabric, to make a more economic use of it. Three pattern-pieces were sewn togteher very precisely, but not the fourth one. Sleeves were almost not preserved, but their remains indicate that the were probably long, up to the wrists, and narrow all the way.

From shoulder to the waist-line the garment was lined with heavy linen. Althought the scientific reconstruction is very beautiful, the original fabric was much softer and more flowing.


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Based on: A History of Costume; Carl Köhler; translated by Alexander K.. Dallas M.A.; Philadelphia; 1928; David McKay Company

Patterns of extant garments - Undergowns, part 2
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