The Revival of Medieval Fashion



Television creates an amazing virtual world embracing you into a world of make believe.
Have you ever wondered which brand the girl next to you is wearing? Have you added a piece to your wardrobe just because you saw it worn by one of your favorite Netflix or TV stars? How many of you sometimes get so obsessed with television episodes that you couldn’t stop watching until the series were entirely over..but then you watch the episodes all over again just to make sure all the actors’ wardrobe is well engraved in your mind? In the middle ages, the fashion statement was similar to today: One dress cannot be possibly worn more than once in public. Doctors had a special wardrobe. They were allowed to wear scarlett red. Well-educated people had a particular wardrobe as well: they were not allowed to wear green. Even peasants had the right to opt for accessories such as belts and hems. However when it comes to royalty, They were the trendsetters of the time just like today’s hollywood stars. The wardrobe of the 16th century? “Reign” did not depict the typical traditional dress of the time. The point of this whole new wardrobe is to help young women and men of this generation to connect with 16th century personalities. Historical data was uncovered from the 16th century by costume designer Meredith Warkworth-Pollack. The designer opted for pieces inspired from the french movie: La Reine Margot. If you have seen the movie “La Reine Margot,” the dresses are extremely racy, revealing, and rather provocative. They are not related in any way, shape, or form to medieval times.




The costume designer chose from a medley of designers all over the world. Off the runway, Byzantine and Baroque trends from Dolce & Gabbana to Naeem Khan dressed the royal queen of France, Mary Stuart and her ladies in waiting (Greer, Kenna, and Lola). Meredith’s quest for dressing the ladies came from global designers. Important fashion designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, and Alexander McQueen are found below:

Oscar de la Renta: glamour, style, and exoticism unveiled the popularity of this fashion label. From Princesses to hollywood actresses, Oscar de la Renta waved personalities from all over the world.

Dolce & Gabbana: It is a sensual brand which represents Sicily in its splendour. It is inspired by the Baroque movement. It is known as being flamboyant as well.

Naeem Khan: It is a timeless American Indian brand which is known for its art in draping. clean and cut.

Free People: Bohemian detailing on clothing. Hand-work is introduced into each garment.




Alexander McQueen:  A London brand which recently focused on the romantic era, adding details such as hair jewels transforming the brand into a true dark fairytale this season.
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Finally, the reign of Francis and Mary Stuart lasted only one year. Both were not even adults and have never reigned before. She was 17 years of age whereas Francis was only 15 years old and born with a respiratory difficulties.  After one year of marriage, Francis passes away. Following the middle ages, the Renaissance in France was the year following the middle ages. It was a time of changes in rapid changes and transformations of history but this is another story. To learn the real story of Mary Queen of Scots I definitely recommend the following book from John Guy.
My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy. Please find the article that discusses the book here.



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