Byzantine Capsule

11th Century Byzantine costume

11th Century Byzantine costume

The next “Capsule Costume Collection” is another small one- I have two main outfits (and a few extra accessories and pieces) where some of the accessories play double-duty.

Byzantine Capsule Costume Collection

I didn’t originally think I’d end up making very many outfits in this area. I made the original for a thematic contest/fashion show (where I won first place in the advanced category!) and really liked it- but it’s so far out from the time frame I’m mostly interested in.  Then my friend from Adventures in Block Printing got an amazing Persian Prancing Pony block and lent it to me… and another outfit was born.

Current inventory

Dresses

  • Bright (synthetic) blue dress with red silk trim (block printed)
  • Green silk dress with dark red silk trim (block printed)
  • With both I wear any underdress I feel like since it goes unseen, but usually the silver silk one.
  • Bright blue wool cloak with dark green silk-like trim (block printed)

Accessories

  • Gold belt
  • Gold hat
  • Red silk cuffs
  • White veil
  • Red/blue/gold collar
  • Red/blue/gold hanging decoration
  • Gold collar
  • Gold hanging decoration

Colour stories

Really there are two pretty different colour stories here.

Byzantine costume with a generated colour palette

The first story is really golden, dark red, and bright blue. Having the blues of the accessories coordinated with the blue of the dress I think is a huge winner here. (The AI of the https://coolors.co/ photo colour picker didn’t do a great job of getting the colours accurate I’m afraid. The top creamy colour should be the white veil, the red is wrong.. etc)

Byzantine costume with a generated colour palette

Byzantine costume with a generated colour palette

The second story is again dark red, tiny hints of bright blue (only in the hat), more gold, and green.

Self-portrait done with a timer of my new green and gold 11th Century Byzantine costume

Self-portrait done with a timer of my new green and gold 11th Century Byzantine costume

What I’d like to add

I’m not entirely sure I want to make any more items for this ‘capsule’ to be honest. It’s really going to be low on my list, but I could see:

  • A dark red silk gown (co-ordinates with most of the accessories, but I’d need to do new cuffs)
  • A rich purple silk gown (to coordinate with the golden accessories)

However… I don’t have any solid (or appropriate patterned) dark red silk in my collection at the moment (at least not in the type of silk and quantities needed, nor any purple silk – so I don’t foresee this happening.

Final thoughts

If you’re interested to see what other costume wardrobes I’ve looked at to incorporate the “Capsule Costume Collection” idea – click the tag.

You can also follow my page on Facebook, where I’ll share updates from this project, as well as interesting stories I find online around costuming, sewing, and crafting… along with lots of Viking Age stories too!

3 comments on “Byzantine Capsule

  1. […] doing the Byzantine Capsule Wardrobe analysis, I also considered a purple gown for that costume too. I just don’t know if I have […]

  2. […] when I did my Byzantine Capsule Collection wardrobe inventory I didn’t plan on making any more accessories, nor did teal play any part […]

  3. […] when I did my Byzantine Capsule Collection wardrobe inventory I didn’t plan on making any more accessories, nor did teal play any part […]

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