Clothing and equipment for the Company of Saynt George
Good clothing are fundamental in living-history. Unlike other items of equipment, no one can make do without clothing – it is the minimum requirement. Before buying shining armor, one needs to have something to wear underneath... and live, walk, work, fight in it. Basically it doesn't serve the same purpose as theater or cinema costumes, it must be worn and used like everyday clothing and feel like one, and therefore it should be made like usual clothing.
A glimpse of the new Costume Guide.
Let's face it! Male clothing as shown in 15th century artworks looks rather odd to our modern eyes: tight-like trousers attached with multiple strings to a close fitting jacket. It defies our understanding that they succeeded to get such a result without using all the elastic synthetic fibers we have today and that they could actually move in it. If generations of men wore it must have served its purpose rather well.
After years of wandering in hose and doublet, running, climbing, wearing armor, fighting and rowing in them, we have found out that getting a good fit is not only a question of style but a question of ease and comfort and that it is worth the extra effort while making them.
This clothing guide is not an essay on 15th century clothing, nor a study of all regional styles and it won't teach you how to sew. But we list all the garments necessary to a male company member and we have tried to explain all the basic principles to make them look and fit like they should.
We welcome any feedback, notes and thoughts about this topic and this guide. Future updates are planned - as is a new Female Clothing Guide.
The new Male Clothing Guide has been published in 2010. The new Female Clothing guide is in the making.