[HNW] Forepart

Laren laren at webcon.net.au
Mon Apr 5 16:39:55 PDT 2004


At 09:44 AM 6/04/2004, you wrote:
> > > I think this one is even worse .....
> > >
> > > <http://www.goldsword.com/sfarmer/SCA/Paintings/gower_MaryDenton48.jpg>
> > >
> > > You see just enough of the skirt -- What's with the black "overdress"
> > > that doesn't meet in the front .....
> > >
> > > Jerusha
> >
> >    But it was awfully nice of her to hold up the hem of her gown and give a
> > good graphic example of "hem decorations" on a late-period gown. Isn't that
> > one of the costuming myths that need periodic debunking?
>
>But surely that's not the hem is it?  There's not enough fabric between
>her hand and her waist for it to be her hem.  Could it be the center
>seam of a split-front skirt?

I think it is meant to be the hem, as you see the smock underneath.

And I think the black overdress is some sort of ropa type gown, it just 
hasn't been closed, cause if it was closed, you wouldn't see the nice red 
dress underneath!!

Cheers,
Jane 




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