- All garb colors, fabrics, and designs must be approved by the costume
coordinator prior to starting the costume.
- All clothing must be documented from a primary source (ie: woodcut).
Artist renderings from later periods (ie: Osprey Books) are not
admissible as primary source documentation.
- The woodcuts/documentation used, as well as swatches of the fabrics,
must be given to the costume coordinator.
- All garb must be based on a woodcut/documentation from between the
time periods of 1520 and 1540 (aim for as close to 1536 as possible)
and be of appropriate ranking for your character. Multiple woodcuts
can be used for the same garb (ex: doublet from one woodcut, sleeves
from another, and hose from a third- as long as it' s kept from being
too hodge podge). Please endeavor to make the garb as close to real
clothing as possible - not only will it look better, it will last a
lot longer, fit better and be more comfortable to wear.
- The style of 1536 is significantly different from modern styles.
Anyone designing and/or sewing a set of garb should pay strict attention
to the woodcuts and not attempt to "modernize" or get creative
with any of the costuming aspects. A few examples of the differences
- Waists for both men and women were higher on the torso.
- Clothing was fairly tight fitting for both men and women. In particular
the men's tighs and crotches are much higher and tighter than most
men are used to.
- Yes, men wore hose!
- If it's not in a woodcut you probably shouldn't be doing it.
- Lining: The unique look of the landsknechts was created by the slashing
of the outer layer of the garment. The layer that is visible beneath
the slashing on the men's doublet is the second layer - not the shirt
worn underneath the doublet or the lining. All doublet/bodice torsos
must be lined. The "visible" second layer should be wool,
linen, or silk (if appropriate the characters position). The inner lining
should be made from strong cotton canvas or similar fabric in a neutral
color. If thick enough linen can be found go for it! The purpose of
this lining is to prevent the garment from stretching and provide some
additional strength to the garb.
- No machine stitching should be visible. Mostly this means no machine
- Color combinations for socks and hats do not have to perfectly match
the primary colors of the costume. However, the colors should not clash
Fabric Guidelines: (Back
- Primary fabric must be 100% wool.
- All wool will be fulled. The wool can either be purchased as fulled
wool or fulled after purchase. Wool can be fulled by washing in
hot water, they drying on high - repeat until wool has thickened
and no longer frays when cut along the bias-for men. Women should
try to get lighter weight wool for at least their main color and
it only needs to be lightly fulled. Wash all fabrics as they will
be washed in the future. You will want to wash garb to resize it
as wool stretches with wear.
- Alternate fabrics such as silk or brocade may be used based on the
rank/position of your character. The Costume Coordinator will make the
final determination on alternate fabrics. All fabrics should be natural.
Beware mixes that will make your garb less breathable.
- ALL colors must be pre-approved by the Costume Coordinator prior
to being used. There are no exceptions to this rule! Just because it
is a documentable period color does not mean it will be approved. It
is recommended that you get a swatch approved before you buy your fabric
because if it is not approved you will be stuck with it.
- Only period colors will be accepted. Period colors will appear
slightly duller than modern renditions of the same color so some
dying or bleaching may be required for certain colors. Keep in mind
that most period dyes would fade quickly, modern dyes often stay
really vivid. Good colors are mid to light colors in natural looking
colors like oranges, yellows, golds, mustards, med-light greens,
med-light blues, orangey reds, mid-light browns, olives, rusts,
and dusty rose. No very dark colors allowed as main colors.
- Garb should be limited to two (2) primary colors. A third color
may be used for trim - BUT NOT as a primary color.
- Black is prohibited except for some trim or hats. Accutra may be
black if that's what you can find but it is recommended to use other
colors such as brown for the leather and other items.
Accessories and Weapons (Optional)
Anyone wishing to carry a weapon must have begun training in
that weapon in order to wear or carry it.
- Eating Knives - Eating knives must have a wooden handle (?!) and
simple steel blade no more than 6 inches (?). The cross guard should
be very simple if present (no fantasy guards or hilts)
- Fighting Knives - Only Rondells, Holbein daggers, and Messers
- 16ft Pike
- Pikes are not mandatory for Probational Members. However prior
to become a Full Member in the guild, all men must own a 16ft pike.
Specifications will be provided by the guild in order to preserve
- Other Weapons
- Other weapons include Zweihanders, Cut & Thrust Swords, Halbards,
and other period weapons.
- The use and display of all weapons must be approved by the Guild
Fechtmeister and must be documentable.
- Armor is only required for those wishing to become a Dopplesoldat.
- All Armor must be approved by the Guild Fechtmeister
- Common armor includes leather jerkins/ ledergollar, bishops mantles,
and Burgonet helmet. Full "Three-Quarter" armor is allowed
and appreciated, but not required. Armor finishes may be either
polished or "Black and White"
- Quarter Staff/Walking Stick
- Quarter Staff - This is the only weapon allowed (besides knives)
permitted to women as a costume item.
- Walking Stick - Any member may carry a walking stick when appropriate.
- You need to have at least a handleless mug or a goblet and it
needs to be appropriate (no fantasy). A simple tapered, smaller
at the bottom, round tumbler of metal or ceramic is the most appropriate
or a round glass with straight walls and glass globules but leeway
is given as the perfect cups are hard to find. You will also need
to have at least an eating bowl, eating knife, and wooden spoon.
Eating wear may be wooden or metal and should be of simple design.
You must keep these in camp while you are marching/ on the battlefield,
your cup should be left in camp if possible also. You must to have
as the guild will not supply them to people (except visitors of
course). A cloth or napkin of your own is recommended also. All
women must have a water-carrying vessel, be it pitcher, canteen,
bottle or otherwise. As close to the woodcuts as you can manage
please. It is understandable that exact matches are almost impossible
to find. We are searching for a source.
- Gold chains are a popular thing to wear for landsknecht re-enactment
but they do not suit the characters we are portraying. No chains
unless your character rank allows for it and their use has been
- All wedding and engagement bands or other symbols of mundane relationships
are allowed but please hide them if they are not close to period
looking and it is recommended you leave them home if they are particularly
expensive. A period looking ring is allowed if you would like to
wear something to replace your wedding ring or such important symbolic
jewelry during faire hours whatever your character status. No celtic
designs. No earrings for women, one is allowed for men. If you cannot
remove your earrings, you should hide them, as you should hide all
visible body piercings, tattoos, scarification and other modifications.
- Favors besides the guild medallion should be kept to a very few
period looking things and may only be worn on your hat.
- Basket/ Trunk
- Packbaskets are appropriate. Frauen can have market baskets as
well. Everyone should have something period looking, such as a basket
or trunk, to have in camp for their personal things. This will add
to the look of the camp as well as be a place for you to put your
eating and drinking tools and any other personal props or belogings
when not in use.
The color purple, or any derivation thereof, such as lavender, plum,
violet, etc., is strictly forbidden. No exceptions. The use of black or
other very dark colors is severely restricted; it should be for trim only.
The use of velvet or brocade is restricted to guild members who meet
ALL of the following qualifications: They have made a simple wool dress
and worn it for at least a season with us and the use of such materials
would be appropriate for their character's station. The use of silk is
also very limited, but is more available for headpieces for members with
less character rank. Deponi silk should only be used in places where not
much will show as it has too many nubs. A similar silk but without nubs
should be used. "raw" silk, noile, or silk taffeta or broadcloth
are possibilities. Brocades must be symmetrical, one or two color only
and non-Victorian ("pomegranate" shaped primarily - no hyper
florals). Velvets must not be synthetics.
If you disagree with the costume directors decisions on something and
you have a well backed up and documented item to dispute you may present
it to the Hofrath. Be warned that if you do not have documentation you
will be told 'NO'.
*NOTE* German words used for garb pieces are taken from the Textiler
Hausarate. It is hard to tell exactly what what was called and some things
have multiple names so we have used the closest approximation.