This links page was set up around 2005 and has unfortunately not been kept up tp date as it ought to. Since there are still some useful links there I'm keeping it up until I have the overhaul it properly, just pruning the dead links. Reflecting my original ideas for this site the links are mainly to pages that deal with the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period.


Three viking costumes, a rich man, a rich woman and a warrior, at the Swedish National Museum of Antiquities. Very good and based on recent research in the field. For some reason the english versions have been taken down, so you will have be satisifed with the pictures. There are also patterns, which you find by klicking on "mönster". Unfortunately only with instructions in swedish. I have translated the text on the patterns for women's dress. They can be found here.

Margurie's pages Articles on clothing in several eras. Good information on how to cut a bliaut (tight 12th century "dress" worn by both sexes), how to wear your hair and how to make those lovely 12th century braids with the aid of false hair. Among other things.

Dame Helen's Library. Dame Helen has two excellent articles on how to make cotheardies based on the Greenland (Herjolfsnes) grave finds and on 14th century sewing techniques.

Cynthia Virtue's articles on costume. Instructions on how to make mainly headgear for your medieval costumes. The articles and instructions are directed mainly at producing the "right look" and are sometimes based more on "what works" than on archaeological finds/academic research/period methods. They are a good source for tips an tricks however.

A Festive Attyre. This site has now turned into a blog and mainly deals with later periods than the one this site primarily is concerned with. Still a great resource though and you can still find her research on Italian 15th and 16th century dress.

Mode Historique. Just like Jen of A Festive Attyre,  Sarah of Mode Historique has turned her site into a blog. It nowadays focuses a lot on the18th century, but 16th century is still an important part of Sarah's work and teh blgo also contains itnerestign thought on fashion history from an academic viewpoint.

The elizabethan costuming page. A huge site with links to articles and other web pages. It has aged somewhat and does not today reflect the current knowledge on 16th century clothing the waty it did ten years ago.  There are still some unique features taht makes it worth visiting and while the quality of the links are varying, some pages are very well researched and some are more directed at modern "cheats" than actual research. Everything written by the site owner Drea Leed is worth reading. She has written some very good instructions on how to make elizabethan clothing, from underpinnings to headwear that will enable you to make your own, historically correct, elizabethan outfit.

The curious Frau. Good site on german renaissance clothing and culture by Marion McNealy.

Blackwork embroidery archives. Modern charted blackwork patterns in period style. Beautiful and inspirational.

Tudor bonnets, Men and Women: A Portfolio of Images. I love them, one day I will make one of those oversized white berets and wear it on top of several wired coifs. Just you wait!

La couturière Parisienne Everything you need to make 18th century clothes as well as huge picture archive covering the later middle ages to the 20th century. The main focus is on the 18th century however.

Katherine's Dress site From the 18th century to the 1920s Katherines' site is a treasure trove of fabulous costumes. She also posts about original garments.


11th century:

The Bayeux tapestry

12th century:

Art-roman net French site with lots of pictures from romanesque churches from different parts of France.

The Fecamp psalter, 12th century flemish manuscript.

The St. Alban's psalter.

13th century:

Images from Alphonso X (Spain) Book of games

Cantigas de Santa Maria. Images from the song collection Cantigas de Santa Maria by the same Castilina king, Alphonso X.

The Maciejowski Bible A french manuscript from c. 1250. Lots of images in very good resolution.

The Murthly hours. Scottish manuscript from the 1280s.

14th century:

Codex Manesse. Images from the early 14th century german manuscript with this name.

The bohemian bathhouse babesfrom the Wenceslaus Bible.

Hardenberger Codex A norwegian manuscript (probably executed in Bergen) from c. 1340. has some very special examples of male clothing with trains.

Romance de Alexander, ca 1338-1344. Huge pictures that take forever to load, but amazing pictures of clothing.

The Taymouth Hours, c. 1325-1335.

15th century:

Myra's web page on 15th and early 16th century German dress. Many period drawings.

16th century:

The frazzled Frau. Vast collection of german renaissance art depicting women's clothing.

There are many more places to see 16th century art, for example at The elizabethan costuming page.

More than one century:

The Bodleian library. here you can look at images from many medieval manuscripts.

Early manuscripts at Oxford University.

Medeltidens bildvärld A vast collection of images of medieval art, covering altarpieces, baptismal funts, wall paintings and wooden sculptures from churches and museums in Sweden.

Turning the pages, at the British Library. Here you can browse through, among others, the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Luttrell Psalter. While most of the epitaphs from Denmark on this site are from the 17th century there are also some from the 16th century.

Archaeology and preserved clothing

Some Clothing of the Middle Ages.Historical Clothing from Archaeological finds. The page on medieval archaological finds. Here you find information on most archaeological finds of European medieval clothing, including drawings of the finds, interpretations of the patterns and an excellent list of sources (Marc Carlson who's made the page is a librarian. You can see that).

Footwear of the Middle Ages. More by Marc Carlson but this time directed at shoes and how to make them as well as archaeological finds.

Extant originals. A Czech site with the largerst collection of images of preserved clothing from the middle ages and the renaissance. The images are sometiems old and the information scant, but you may find clothing you didn't even know existed.

Some extant clothing of the Middle Ages Cynthia Virtue presents preserved garments from the middle ages. An indispensable source.

Other sources

The dye woorkes. A collection of dye recipies from 300 AD - 1860, including recipies from the middle ages and the renaissance.

Skifter fra danske byer Probates from Danish towns in the Early Modern period.


The fabric burn test. Wondering what your "mystery fabric" is made of? Here's a guide that will help you some.