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Costume help for book cover - England 1294

Postby AngelaQ » Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:44 pm

I'm in the middle of commissioning a cover for a book and I'd like the woman's dress to be as close as accurate as I can, the problem is that stock photography is pretty limited for this. My novel is set in 1294 England. It'd be cropped--neck down--so I don't have to worry about a correct headdress. Whew.

Which of these would be close enough?

I'm wondering if this http://hotdamnstock.com/product/morgan- ... e-alone-3/ is close enough to the cotehardie seen in Plate 2 here: https://historyofeuropeanfashion.wordpr ... lls-again/ or if any on this page http://www.periodimages.com/-/galleries ... ples/jax-2 is close enough to looking like the surcoat over the kirtle you see described for that time?

I'm not going to find something exact. But I also don't want to have one that the average history buff would know was the wrong century entirely.

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Postby sally » Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:37 pm

those are all utterly hideous! Sorry, but fancy dress images like that are a real turn off on a book cover. Have you had a chat to any of the costumiers (such as Prior Attire) who go to huge lengths to do artistic photography of their projects to see if it might be possible to licence a suitable image of one of their pieces?



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Postby AngelaQ » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:25 pm

I don't know any costumers so have been limited to the few photographers who do stock photography. Do you have any websites to suggest?

I can't afford a custom shoot. Also once a book designer applies their filters, it wouldn't be that garish.



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Postby sally » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:39 am

just for starters, as she's the person who leapt to mind, have a look at Prior Attire's gallery in the medieval section. I have no idea whether she would consider licencing you an image or not, but a few polite emails to her or any of the other costumiers you'll find via these forums and the living history pages on fb etc wouldnt take long and you might just strike lucky http://www.priorattire.co.uk/gallery.html if nothing else, it will give you an idea of how nice 'real' costume can look compared to the icky crushed velvet stuff that book covers seem to end up stuck with



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Re: Costume help for book cover - England 1294

Postby Nigel » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:55 pm

For specialists of the period

Debs look up Deborah Lough Costumes

or Tanya Bentham on here

Both know their stuff


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Postby Izabela Pitcher » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:38 am

Thank you Sally for recommending us! - Angela - we have provided images for book covers in the past and have a set package - since my husband specialises in photography, the rights and licencing can be easily sorted out if you find an image you are interested in. We have a few photos from the end of 13th century - drop me a message and I will be able to provide you with a selection!

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