Scholarship Surfaces

July 25th, 2012

Remember that “shocking” finding at Innsbruck I wrote about last week that seemed to disprove everything anyone had ever believed about Medieval underwear? BBC History Magazine has posted a non-sensationalized article about it, complete with comments by the costume historian who is researching the finds. Well done! And well done Katy of “The Fashion Historian” for sharing it with the rest of us.

Here is a link to the new article.

I had plans to create another post featuring the second picture that’s been going around, explaining how this “string-bikini bottom” might very well be similar to garments described by 19th-century health manuals, to be worn by menstruating women, but that is well covered by Ms. Nutz, the textile historian quoted in the above article. So I will desist.

Lengberg Underpants

  • Penny says:

    Hello there,
    I found your website while looking for a hand sewing class in NYC and was wondering if you either taught hand sewing or might know of a class somewhere in the 5 boroughs. Thanks!

    • eva says:

      Dear Penny — I do indeed teach hand-sewing, however I am no longer living in New York City. The New York Nineteenth Century Society has a handwork circle, where hand-sewing is greatly revered and encouraged, and they have offered classes in the past. You might try getting in touch with them.


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