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Women's Medieval Maiden Costume

Women\'s Medieval Maiden Costume
Retail Value: $86.36
Our Sale Price: $71.97
Product #: IC11013

Medieval Maiden Adult Costume A Damsel In Distress? Costume includes: Full length gown and headpiece with drape. Materials: Nylon and Polyester. Available Sizes: Medium fits bust 35-36.5, waist 27-28.5, and hips 37.5-39 Large fits bust ...


Women's Huntress Costume

Women\'s Huntress Costume
Retail Value: $70.79
Our Sale Price: $58.99
Product #: IC11053

Huntress Adult Costume Always hit your target in this archery costume! Costume includes: Hooded cape with chain closure, tunic dress with lace-up front and attached strap, printed gauntlets and waist cinching belt. Materials: Polyester. Available ...


Men's Dark Sorcerer Costume

Men\'s Dark Sorcerer Costume
Retail Value: $127.16
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Product #: IC3038

Dark Sorcerer Premier Adult Costume Mysterious and magical You will make a grand entrance in this super deluxe Theatrical Quality costume utilizing superior materials and trimmings along with true garment finishing. This style is available ...


Women's Renaissance Lady Costume

Women\'s Renaissance Lady Costume
Retail Value: $88.76
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Product #: FW110015

Renaissance Lady Plus Size Adult Costume A Regal Gown Costume includes velvet lace-up front with embroidered ribbon trim. Sizes available: One Size fits 16W-24W Standard sizes also available


Women's Knight To Remember Costume

Women\'s Knight To Remember Costume
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Retail Value: $63.59
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Product #: UR28619

Knight Costume Adult Let tonight be the night to encounter this fetching Knight! Includes: Metallic top with attached shoulder guards, screen printed leggings, wrist cuffs, boot cuffs. Available sizes: Small 6-8 Medium 10-12 Large 14-16 ...

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Medieval & Renaissance Costumes

Medieval & Renaissance Halloween Costumes

The word "Renaissance," is defined as a "rebirth or reconstruction." This period in history marked the rebirth of the ideas and values of civilization and the revival of cultural achievements in all forms of art, fashion and music. It was a time when Shakespeare was in the prime of his career and Sir Francis Drake had spanned the Globe. It was a magical world of medieval knights, dragons and jesters; it was the historical age of the Renaissance Era.

Clothing during the Renaissance Era always reflected the social status of the person wearing it. Fashion for the wealthy meant spending the majority of their money on clothing. The more elaborate the tailoring and craftsmanship the more expensive the clothing was to help establish a reputation of wealth for the owner. There would be no doubt as to who was of nobility. The noble women dressed gracefully with a sense of romance and elegance. Their gowns were voluminous, empire waists with skirts heavily pleated and supported underneath by hoopskirts. Sleeves were puffed and necklines were adorned with high-standing collars with delicate lace.

Men's fashions became square in cut and elaborately trimmed. Their breeches were lengthened and tunics were decorated with lace edges and frills at the neck and sleeves. Shoes were square toed and wide brim hats were used to complete the look.

In order to control fashion and restrict luxuries from the lower classes, the royals passed a law decreeing that commoners could only wear one color of clothing. Not to be chastised, the lower classes would put two fabrics of materials together and slash the outer garment so as the material underneath could be seen. Medieval and Renaissance costumes can be seen in their full glory by performers at Renaissance Faires across the country.

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