1490s Sleeves

I wrote a bunch of this in January, then, apparently, forgot all about it.  This is not the 1490s fashion draft post I thought I had waiting!  Anyway, some sleeve talk.

This project consumed a lot more of my time and attention than I expected, although some of that actually went to starting a new job.  (Also, the dress was not the only project I was doing for the same deadline!  I’ll post some of the writing I did as part of the same project at some point too.)

But, for now, here are a collection of portraits whose sleeves I studied to determine the proper way of closing detached, open sleeves in and around the 1490s in Italy, plus some side commentary about necklaces.  Note that this is not a representative sample of common styles, or of the full range of sleeve options, just a selection of portraits that could teach me what I needed to know.  Except the weird back of shoulder shape.  I didn’t figure that one out.

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1490s Sleeves

Yearbooks, 1930s

After I read through four copies of 1930, I found out I didn’t need to read multiple copies of the same year once I’d determined there was a complete and intact copy.  Also, I wanted to increase my speed, and fewer pictures caught my eye, and also yearbooks without page numbers left less idle focus for sightseeing when I was trying to determine completeness by alphabetic continuity. Yearbooks with page numbers I could buzz through very quickly if I wasn’t also doing costume research, so the decades I don’t expect to be reenacting went by pretty fast.

So… After the thoroughness of the 1920s, here’s the early 1930s.  Hair gets less interesting to me, but the necklaces get pretty excellent.  (This trend fading is a lot of what made my interest wane.) Continue reading “Yearbooks, 1930s”