Gothic Fitted Dress

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The term Gothic Fitted Dress (coined by Robin Netherton; often shortened to "GFD") is a more precise term for a general class of female garments previously known as the Cotehardie and the kirtle worn as a supportive underdress into the later 15th century with Houpelandes and Burgundian gowns.

Essentially it is simply what it sounds like, a fitted dress worn during the Gothic period. The dress is most commonly made from four carefully fitted panels with gorse to add fullness to the skirt. The simplest versions of these dresses lace up the front and have set-in sleeves that are close fitting to the wrist. More elaborate versions have buttons up the entire front and from elbow to wrist.

External Links

Robin Netherton's Site. Includes construction information and examples.

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