Cranach Dress

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Reenactor in a Cranach dress

The Cranach dress is so called because it appears notably in the paintings of Lucas Cranach, a germanic painter during the renaissance. The style was popular among German noblewomen around 1540. Cranach dresses are characterized by tight slashed sleeves, a gathered and guarded skirt, and an open laced panel on the front under the best band. It is appropriate to wear a caul of pearls or gold netting with a large brimmed hat with this style. There are no known extant examples of cranach dress, so each reproductionist follows their own thoughts on how the garb was completed. Please see the links for more information on how others have made them.


This style is also believed to have been worn by Saxons in the area.