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  1. Medieval Manuscript Illuminations and Fashion Change Marie Botkin, Ph.D. MLIS Graduate Student Valdosta State University marie.m.botkin@gmail.com

  2. Fashions and Medieval Illuminations • Manuscript illuminations and sculpture provide the best visual sources of evidence for fashion changes in the Middle Ages.

  3. Stylistic Changes in the 14th Century • According to Pinder, there are three chronological styles of illuminations in the 14th century. • ‘Manneristic’ style with a flat, graphic aesthetic • Three dimensional with use of shading for volume • Integrated style with use of both volume and line

  4. Flat, graphic style in the Roman d’Alexandre

  5. Three dimensional style by Jean Pucelle

  6. Integrated style with line and volume

  7. Fashion Change in the Medieval Era • Many scholars claim the medieval era hosted the beginning of fashion • “...this change... transformed human beings from soft rounded creatures with a mobile surface into harsh, spare, attenuated insect-like things...” • Stella Mary Newton, 1980

  8. Early Medieval Clothing

  9. Influence of Military Costume

  10. Late Medieval Clothing

  11. Which came first? The graphic style Or the fashion?

  12. Any questions?Thank you~

  13. References • Avril,François. Manuscript Painting at the Court of France : the Fourteenth Century, 1310‑1380. New York: Brazille, 1978. • McWebb, Christine. Reading the Roman de la Rose in Text and Image. http://margot.uwaterloo.ca/ROMAN/imagetab le .html (accessed December 1o,2009). • Newton, Stella Mary. Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince: A Study of the Years 1340‑1365. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1980. • Pinder, Wilhelm. Die KunstderErstenBurgerzeit. Frankfurt: Menck, 1956. • Porter, Pamela. Courtly Love in Medieval Manuscripts. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.