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Pre Raphaelite Models and Dresses

“The Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood was a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The three founders were soon joined by William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner to form a seven-member “brotherhood”. And some of the followers of this trend like John William Waterhouse and Arthur Hacker

Can we learn something about style and fashion by just looking at Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Or by the paintings of artists they influenced in general and what their models wore in particular, so that we can find inspiration in the design of fashion.

Working with delicate materials we can give the impression that the fabric is only a fast excuse to cover the model’s body and fastening over her hips or waist a piece of fabric without giving it much thinking, the result of the gown is romantic and feminine at the same time. Accessorizing it with scarves, flowers entwined in their hair and gold pins.

This style is represented by romantic and medieval airy dresses, wearing sometimes layers of light materials, the special use of scarves, hairdressing, accessories, hair bands, waist bands and shawls in different colors.

John William Waterhouse, Ariadne. Dress maybe in red gauze with brown belt.

John William Waterhouse, Boreas. Deep blue dress can be in gauze with a chiffon shawl.

John Everett Millais, Nordwest. White dress with rose band.

John William Waterhouse, Gather ye Rosebuds while ye may. Peach and blue dresses with brown band on the hips, and green satin dress with flowers and red sleeves

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Proserpine. Blue dress could be in a lustrous satin fabric

John William Waterhouse, Lady of Shalott. White dress with wide sleeves decorated in gold, and black belt over the hips.

William Holman Hunt. Isabella with Basil Pot. Rose pastel long sleeves with shawl like band over the hips in blue maybe in a light Crape crinkled fabric.

In this fresh and romantic style don’t use heavy fabrics like a heavy satin or velvet this will  not work, the material used can be in purpose worn out, as long time used, to give this antique air. If trying to get to this style use very thin and delicate materials or delicate silk also. And don’t forget leave your models with long hair    🙂

Use some of this fabrics:

Chiffon sheer silk fabric plain woven

Damask satin waved fine and lustrous with flat patterns if using it, must be as soft as possible

Voile soft

Silk very light

Gauze open wave fabric made of cotton

Organza transparent thin silk

Mousseline, Organdie fine translucent cotton

Reticella is an old Venetian lace like fabric can be used as accessory

Satin closely woven silk with lustrous face


For more about Medieval Textiles


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A Look into Medieval Textiles

A short and close look at Medieval textiles from the 12th century until the 17th century with the major markets and cities of that time.

Luxury silks from the northern Italian town of Lucca in the 12th century were being sold in Champagne fairs of northern France. There you could find woven brocades, silks featuring repeating patterns of flowers and animals.

In the 13th century the most important material for outer wear was wool and linen, linen was mostly used for clothing that was in direct contact with the skin. We can find embroidery in wool and silk, for the rich using gold thread, red velvets and pearls.

Textile major centers in Medieval Europe, Low Countries, Flandes, Artois, Brabant, Champagne (important locations in actual Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, parts of Northern France and Western Germany) Northern Italy. They dominated international markets in the production of luxury wool cloth and middle-level too.

By the early 14th century Luccese silks dominated the market joined by other Italian silk-weaving towns like Venice, Genoa and Bologna. From mid 14th century we can see a recognizable trend for fashion with the beginnings of tailoring when clothing were made to fit more closely the body with the help of lacing and buttons.

Mi-parti or parti colored fashion were garmets  made of two contrasting fabrics one on each side. Wool fabrics were dyed in rich colors like reds, greens, gold and blues (worn mostly by the aristocracy)

By the beginning of the 15th century silk weaving was well established around the Mediterranean producing silks, velvets, in silver gilt, in towns like Florence, Venice and Seville.

By the 16th century black cloth was increasingly worn for must formal occasions, bobbin lace made in Flandes was mostly used together rese of the ruff (fluffy collar) made of fine Italian reticella a cut work linen lace.

The 17th century saw the flowering of needle lace (point lace) producing a geometric reticella. Bilant was a long tunic where the sleeves fitted tightly to the elbow and flatted into a trumpet shape, the blouse fitted with a belt wrapped twice around the waist and knotted in front of the abdomen. The belts also accompanied by pouches or purses.


Medieval style clothing take a look

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