Useful Links

Footwear of the Middle Ages - http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/shoe/SHOEHOME.HTM
A meticulously researched site detailing information about all kinds of shoes and techniques from ancient times to the Renaissance. Essential for understanding the basics of cordwaining as well as all raised heels.

Elizabeth Bernhardt's Homepage - http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~ebernhar/index.shtml
An interesting and useful website, giving broad historical information on Venetian chopines.

The Crispin Colloquy - http://www.thehcc.org
A discussion forum with some of the most educated and informed mind on all topics of shoemaking, including sources, history, references, and techniques.

World Catalog Libraries - http://www.worldcatlibraries.org
This is an excellent resource for finding all manner of books all over the world.

Arts and Sciences Homepage - http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/arts_and_sciences.html
A superb resource for all things A&S. Specifically useful for finding transcriptions of manuscripts.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston - http://www.mfa.org
The website for the MFA, which has about fifteen pairs of chopines in its collection.

The Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York - http://www.metmuseum.org
The website for the Met, which has a very nice example of a Venetian chopine. There is also a little article at http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chop/hd_chop.htm. Although the author, Harold Koda, doesn't give much detail on his references, his text does seem to jive well with the research that I've done.

The Bata Shoe Museum in Canada - http://www.allaboutshoes.ca/en/heights_of_fashion/east_meets_west/
The website for the Bata shoe museum in Canada, which has a very nice example of a Venetian chopine.  Specifically, if you look to the right hand side of the window and click on the chopine that says "3D," then you can get a 3 dimensional look at this marvelous piece of work.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in Great Britain - http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1487_renaissance/intheround.html
The website for the V&A in Great Britain, which has a very nice example of an Italian chopine that is not quite so tall as the one in the Bata.  This also has a 3D look, and you can see many of the same construction techniques.

Cervantes Virtual Library - http://www.cervantesvirtual.com
A great collection of Spanish documents online.

Google Books - http://www.google.com/books
Hard as it might be to believe, Google has digitized a wealth of knowledge, and all in text based searches.

The Leatherworking Reverend's Blog - http://leatherworkingreverend.wordpress.com/
The Leatherworking Reverend's Blog - an excellent resource for many leather-related articles, activities, and research. A lot of great stuff on leather bottels, costrels, shoes, pouches, etc.

Al Muckhart's Blog - http://wherearetheelves.net
An excellent source, penned by a fellow re-enactor, on shoes and shoemaking. A great resource for someone intereted in learning more about the process of both Medieval and Renaissance shoes.






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*THUD*

I think I’ve got the site more or less back into shape. Again, thank you for your patience! Moving servers is apparently not something to be undertaken lightly. In celebration of having most of the content up and online, I think I’m going to take a nap. The post *THUD* appeared first on Mode Historique - Historical Couture.

YES! SUCCESS!

The website has been successfully transferred to the new server and I’ve recovered the blog posts, comments, and other WordPress content! Now it’s just the relatively simple task of uploading the old website links pre-WP and we are good to go! And I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of my lovely […] The post YES! SUCCESS! appeared first on Mode Historique - Historical Couture.

Chemise Post #27: surprise chemise!

I’m in Dr Lambert’s office and decided to take a stretch break after hunching over the chemise gown. There’s a museum catelog on a nearby windowsill, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza: Old Masters, so I’m flipping through it and what do I spy? Zoffany, Group Portrait with Sir Elijah and Lady Impey, detail. 1783-84. And six feet from […] The post Chemise Post #27: surprise chemise! appeared first on Mode Historique - Historical Couture.

Chemise Post #26: First date with the chemise

I just had my first, of two, study sessions at Platt Hall, and so far it’s been worth it! First, some assumptions about the dress that I walked away with in 2012 were set straight immediately. The frilly collar around the neck that was of a different fabric? Modern. It was put on the dress […] The post Chemise Post #26: First date with the chemise appeared first on Mode Historique - Historical Couture.

Chemise Post #25: Manchester or bust!

(Appologies if the layout is being weird. I’m doing this on my iPad and it’s not exactly going smoothly) If you had asked me at 10 p.m. on May 11 if I thought I’d be sitting here in a hotel in Manchester typing this up, I would have said no way in hell. The reason […] The post Chemise Post #25: Manchester or bust! appeared first on Mode Historique - Historical Couture.

Chemise Post #24: Trystan’s chemiseà la Gothique

One of my favorite things is seeing Trystan take a historical style and make it into her own. She’s VERY committed to her personal aesthetic and warped sense of humor, in case you haven’t noticed. Trystan made this gown for our trip to France last year, from some beautiful lightweight silk-cotton Indienne printed lawn. To […] The post Chemise Post #24: Trystan’s chemise à la Gothique appeared first on Mode Historique - Historical Couture.

Chemise Post #23: Kendra’s robe en gaulle

Way back in my first post, I discussed the terminology confusion surrounding the “gaulle” and the “chemise.” Back when we thought these dresses were two different things, and not simply later iterations of the chemise gown, Kendra made a lovely peach-toned gaulle. Kendra’s gown features the tight, wrist length sleeves, and the fitted back of the […] The post Chemise Post #23: Kendra’s robe en gaulle appeared first on Mode Historique - Historical Couture.

Chemise Post #22: Cathy’s chemise gown

It’s really gratifying to see your research being interpreted by someone who knows a thing or two about making beautiful clothing. Cathy Hay has been a supporter of my aspirations since practically the beginning, and so she turned to me for help when she decided to make her own chemise gown for our France trip […] The post Chemise Post #22: Cathy’s chemise gown appeared first on Mode Historique - Historical Couture.

Chemise Post #21: Fashion Through History’s Chemiseà la Lamballe

Fashion Through History talks about her inspiration and construction of her chemise gown, here. Lovely! The post Chemise Post #21: Fashion Through History’s Chemise à la Lamballe appeared first on Mode Historique - Historical Couture.

Chemise Post #20: A trip down memory lane

I have this vague recollection of 2007 being the Year of the Chemise Gown in my costuming circles. I think it started off with Katherine, who spontaneously decided that she had to have one, and then others rapidly followed suit. Yeah, costumers are kind of sheep like that. At the time, I remember thinking “Why […] The post Chemise Post #20: A trip down memory lane appeared first on Mode Historique - Historical Couture.

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