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The purpose of this blog being to organize my research and various projects I suppose I should start off by giving some information on some of my most recent projects. Firstly, my entry for the Queen’s Garb challenge at this year’s Market Day at Birka.

Her Majesty, Queen Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain, declared last fall that her garb challenge theme would be Disney Pixar. How do you incorporate Disney Pixar characters into medieval clothing? It actually didn’t take long for me to decide what I was going to create. My character inspiration? Dean Hardscrabble from Monsters University!


With such a long body shape the garb would obviously have to be something with a train. For the wings, long, billowy sleeves that draped to the floor would give the best impression. The head-shape needed a large, commanding headdress. My persona’s period being 1350-1450 only a houppelande and hennin would do. Especially once I found this:


Detail from Giacomo Jaquerio’s The Nine Worthies and the Nine Worthy Women, (1418 – 1430)

I ended up using a different hennin shape than the one shown here. I also made a separate collar to match the one that my chosen character was wearing. If you want to see more of my research here is the pinterest board that I used to collect everything. I also have a public facebook album that shows my process and progress. For future projects a lot of that stuff will be posted here but since this project is already completed I don’t see a need to re-invent the wheel. I will however post photos of the finished product!


I am extremely happy with my results. And obviously other people were too as I won the Mid-Period category of the Market Day at Birka Fashion Show!