• Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

A variant of the previously discussed Kirtel Dress, The Cortehardie was a popular and long lasting female dress seen in 14th Century Europe. Possibly developed in France or Spain, it was in essence - an over garment. Somewhat tight on the top, the sleeves were more form fitting, but tapered. The front of the garment was "splayed", or open at the mid-waist, outward. A Chemise or related Gown was worn underneath. These pieces could then be "seen". The high waist was fastened with either ribbon or fabric (as a belt). The Cortehardie remained popular in Italy until the 17th Century, with later variants remaining until the 18th and early 19th Century. It was favored by both Nobility and the emerging Middle Class.