A Safavid Persian Outfit:  The Overview

A Safavid Persian Outfit: The Overview

My next project is a Safavid Persian woman’s outfit based on this picture (at left) of a princess from 1541. This outfit consists of three robes, trousers, underwear, head coverings, jewelry and makeup. Many people assume that 16th century Persian and 16th century Turkish women’s clothing is the same except for their headcoverings.  However just… Continue Reading

An Ottoman Turkish Outfit — Final: The Whole Shebang

The clothing of Ottoman Turkey is fairly unique in that it’s modular.  Usually in historical costuming, we complain about the people who won’t wear their sleeves because “it’s too hot” or cover their heads because “I hate hats” or wear a neck covering because “I can’t stand anything touching my throat”.  But in Ottoman Turkey,… Continue Reading

An Ottoman Turkish Outfit — Part I: the outer caftan

An Ottoman Turkish Outfit — Part I: the outer caftan

Over the years, I have I’ve made a number of different Turkish outfits.  But I’ve never made a fully-blown formal outfit with all the associated layers.  My friend in Chicago invited me to a 16th century 12th Night celebration and it seemed like the perfect occasion for a complete Ottoman Turkish wardrobe. I usually begin… Continue Reading