Extant examples of clothing from 1150-1250.

[Click on the thumbnail image to embiggen. These are mainly hi-res photographs.]

Left to right:

From The Alb, Palermo, Royal Court Workshop, 1181 With later additions Silk, gold embroidery, pearls, emeralds, sapphires, amethyst, spinel, garnet, opal: 154 cm high, 127 cm wide at the hem.

Illumination of a Bliaut: 12th century, Engelberg Monastry Library, Codex 14. Switzerland. Note the variations in the sleeves; Cathedral de Rouen: 12th century sculpture. This illustrates the fall and drape of the gown at the time. The sculpture depicts Saint Jean.

Chartres Cathedral: 12th century. North wing of the front of the cathedral, showing the figures on the left side, with the three figures. These sculptures show the fitted sleeves of the gowns and tunics of the time and the loose drapery of the skirt of the tunic and gown; despite the loss of the hands from the sculptures, the image shows amazing detail of the costume; 12th century. Central figures on the front steps of the cathedral. The third figure of the woman illustrates the fine weave of the bliaut; it shows quite clearly the belting beneath the bust and stomach, not to mention the interesting neckline of these gowns; 12th century. Right portal of the front doors of the cathedral. Again, these sculptures show the incredible detail of the costume of the 12th century.

Tunic of Don Garcia: From the 11th century, extant garment from a site in Spain, made of silk. Thanks to Heike Kubasch for the scan.

Chartres Cathedral: Sculptures on the exterior of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres. Detail of woman wearing a bliaut gironé and a knotted ceinture or cincture (belt, girdle) 1130-1160; Detail of the belting around the waist and hips of the woman in the above sculpture.

Handschuh Palermo: Imperial Glove in Schatzkammer in Wien (Austria). Made in Palermo before 1220.

1120-1150 Illumination: This illumination shows a very detailed pair of gowns with the 'super cuffs' or trailing sleeves. The woman to the right in the illumination wears the silk hair sheaths popular of the time.

Chartres Cathedral: Inside the Romanesque Spire at Chartres Cathedral. Detail of womens headwear. Fresco. Photo: Stuart Henry Rosenberg; Angers Cathedral: Detail of wall carving of a feast of kings. The women on the far right have uncovered hair (no veils) and are wearing the tight sleeved gowns of 1250.

Saint Sauveur, Charoux: 1250. Not as clear as I was hoping this scan to be, however, you can still make out the crespine and coif detail upon the head of the woman.

Hortus Deliciarum: In these drawings from the Hortus Deliciarum you can see the lacings at the side. The image of Superbia also shows the band on the upper arm. 1180. Alsace.

Musee de l'Oeuvre Notre Dame Strasbourg: The next four images are from the Louvre medieval collection. They are sculptures from Notre Dame de Strasbourg, 1250, Louvre. All of these sculptures show the details of the gowns - necklines, adornment, sleeves, and the sleeveless overgown.

Queen of Sheba: Notre Dame de Corbeil, 1170.

Saint Giles-du-Gard: Carvings on the facade of the St Gilles du Gard abbey. Taken by 122 on Flicker, creative commons license.

Thorsberg Trousers: A pair of trousers from the Thorsberg Bog in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, approx. mid 4th century.

Notre Dame de Corbeil: Female Saint, Jamb Figure, Notre Dame de Corbeil, France, Late 12th or early 13th century, Collection: Louvre Museum, Photographer: Stewart Henry Rosenberg.

Thorsberg Tunic: A kirtle from the Thorsberg Bog in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, approx. 4th century.

Chartres Cathedral: Sculptures on the exterior of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres. Detail of woman wearing a bliaut gironé and a knotted ceinture or cincture (belt, girdle) 1130-1160; Another view with high detail of the four figures at the central portal. By Giulia_ on Flickr. Creative commons; Detail of the queen statue from Chartres. 12th century.

Angers Cathedral: Detail of sculptures of men and women who have had their heads removed. 12th century; Aleanor of Aquitaine: Tombs of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II of England at Fontevraud (detail of Eleaneor's headdress) Barbette and coif; Sculpture at the western door. Detail of the bliaut.