Belt, wide fancy

The signature overgown of the 15th C. had a wide, deep "V" neckline and belted under the bustline.  The style was simple and elegant, and could be made of elaborate figured brocades, or, more frequently, in plain fabric.  A wide belt defines the gown’s shape, and the contrasting colour provides detail and a focal point.

Although many belts appear plain, details on portraits of the period reveal that some belts were pattered.  Some appear to be woven, but it is less clear what it is that creates the detail on other patterned belts. Embroidery and beadwork are often offered as possibilities.

Our belts begin as ribbon woven in period patterns, then the pattern is meticulously embellished with seed beads, paillettes and faux gems. The embellished braid is further enhanced with a metallic braid edging. The belting is stitched to a felt back to provide body and the ‘cling’ necessary to keep the belt in place when worn.

Each belt is made up individually as ordered, and are available with or without a buckle. 

The fancy belt is a dramatic and unique accessory, and can add that finishing touch to take your outfit from simply beautiful to absolutely amazing.

When ordering, please specify the wearer’s exact underbust measurement, taken with a tape measure.  Finished belts are 3” longer than underbust measurement provided, and approximately 2" wide.

(PLEASE NOTE:  Belts are made up as ordered, so please allow 10 days for production. Please measure carefully, as this item is not returnable. The beadwork is delicate, and should be worn with care.)

Starting at: $24.95

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  • Model: BSD-FB01
  • Shipping Weight: 1lbs

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 19 February, 2013.