Local Heart, Global Soul

January 9, 2019

Clothing The Centuries…

When I visited Zierikzee’s ZierikzeeSint-Lievensmonstertoren back in the Easter of 2017, I was delighted to find they were hosting an exhibition of historic costumes. As a lover of handcrafted things, embroidery and cloth is at the top of my list of favourites, and since I embroider on occasion myself, I understand the amount of time and effort that goes into stitching beautiful fabric pieces. There were people busy studying the costumes and standing reading the information boards at various points of the exhibition, I photographed around them therefore my photographs are sometimes severely out of chronological order. I could have sorted my photos into better order but to be honest I don’t have the energy for that and I figure that as long as you see all of the photos in the series, does it really matter what order you see them in? Any OCD tendencies I have, stayed remarkably silent on this one. Small information boards accompanied the costumes with the dates when they were worn and the style they represent, I used these as much as possible to give information about each of the costumes in this post.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There is not a lot of light in some parts of the tower so it was difficult to get good photographs sometimes, this is the costume of a Dutch woman (1570-1600)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Spanish costumes (1550-1600)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Renaissance English costume, (1450-1550)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Renaissance Saxon (1450-1550)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Gothic costume (1350-1400)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There was even a childrens section where kids were invited to try on costumes and “become” one the Knights Templar for a little while. If I remember  Little Mr. at the age when he was interested in this sort of thing, the possibility of using the swords and shields would have been the biggest attraction in taking part of this.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. I would love seeing this exhibit.

    Comment by lulu — January 9, 2019 @ 2:23 am | Reply

    • Lulu,
      I thought of you constantly whilst photographing these. I knew you would be liking these posts 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 9, 2019 @ 8:07 am | Reply


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