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Heraldic tabard

The tabard is constructed of burgundy fine wool twill lined with brown velveteen.  It has hanging sleeve, open at the top, and the sides are completely split up to the underarm. It is bordered in blue heavy, fulled wool, and beaded with pearls and coloured beads.  At the bottom of the tabard, in the front and back there is a deep border of heavy blue wool appliqued with fettered fleurs.  The fleurs are of white fulled wool, and the crowns are beaded mainly with with glass and jade.


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Matilda la Zouche in heraldic tabard. Photo by Marie Chantal Cadieux, November 2004.

I created the tabard for my apprenticing ceremony to Dame Eleanor Cadfan, of the Fettered Fleur household. The inspiration for the tabard was taken from, The Virgin [Madonna] of the Catholic Kings (Madrid, Museo del Prado), circa 1490, showing the Spanish royal family as depicted in Hispanic Costume 1480-1530, by Ruth Matilda Anderson.


I am wearing the tabard with a red wool gown with Italian sleeves, lined in blue silk.  My headdress is of the stuffed roll variety.  It is a linen form, wrapped in burgundy silk, and bound with pearled velveteen bands.  Under the stuffed roll I am wearing a transparent silk veil, and hair plaited with pearls.


 

Matilda and Marie Chantal. Picture by Marie Chantal Cadieux, November 2004.


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Fleur detail. Photo by Jennifer Poulin, 2004.

Matilda during apprenticing ceremony. Photo by Eirik Anderson, November 2004.

Comments

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kes_zone
Aug. 24th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Those are great photos. Can I use the last one for the household site?

Today I ran around looking for fabric for Household surcoats. At some point Christy and Willy will want to take your measurements. I think they got everyone from the Household who was at War. Would you be available to help make the surcoats? Not everyone in the Household sews and so a few of us will be getting together to make them over the course of a few evenings.
matilda_z
Aug. 25th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Most definitely! For the photos and the sewing of surcotes. I have more photos and I'll email them to you to choose from.

forest_lady
Aug. 25th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Boy, am I glad I signed onto your LJ!
matildalazouche
Aug. 25th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
You are very sweet!
(Anonymous)
May. 1st, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
WOW!!! Beautiful!!!
Wow! Jennifer, They are all beautiful, but this one is just wow beyond beautiful! They time and effort for this is amazing... you are very talented.

Marsha(Nickerson)Freckelton
(Anonymous)
Sep. 12th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
Very original, I love what you are doing
Searching Memling paintings, I discovered your pages. I liked the fotos and the work you did a lot, the dresses are perfect. Have a lot of fun reconstructing still more models. (My own hobby are small white fluffy dogs on Renaissance paintings.) B. Bacci, Switzerland
(Anonymous)
May. 8th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
YOUR Wonderful FAB uLUS CLOTHES
Amazing, stunning, droolafific....
Your talent is only surpassed by your Beauty.
You look amazing in the clothing. Keep us up dated on new stuffl. I really liked seeing the apron, those details are hard to find!
Matillda the Meek
(Anonymous)
Dec. 31st, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Textiles
How pretty you are! and your clothes are lovely.

If I could make a suggestion: you may notice, comparing your pictures to your inspiration artwork, that your garments hang doesn't match the hang of the garment in the artwork. This suggests that your fabric doesn't have the same hand that the original fabric does. Of course, it isn't really possible to have completely accurate textiles, but the softness of the hang in most of the depictions could be replicated by cutting modern textiles on the bias. Just a thought.
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