Female, Full Entry

1490 CE German Female Housebook Dress

Title1490 CE German Female Housebook Dress
Entry #GGB2021.071
Alternate Names 
Time range1480-1500
EraLate medieval
regionCentral europe
MakerAmira bint Timurhan
ConfidenceImage Example


Dress with front and back pleated section. Most often portrayed in the a book of engravings by the Master of the Housebook.


This dress is commonly known as a housebook dress because it was frequently portrayed in a book of engravings called the Housebook. It is a dress with pleated inset in both front and back with fall into the fullness of the skirt. The haub is a pleated rectangle of fabric (I use linen) which is wound about the head to produce is shape. The tail of the haub can be tucked back into it, wound around your neck and simply left to hang.

Inspiration Images

Common Materials

  • Fabrics:
    • Gown – wools, finely woven wools, brocaded or patterned cloths.  Rich textiles, collars featuring velvets and furs.  Fur trim
    • Kirtle – wools lined in linen
    • Underclothes – Linen
  • Ornamentation:

Effective Substitutions

  • Fabrics:
    • Gown – Some cottons, linens, Linen blends wool blends, brocades, some poly/cotton upholstery fabrics to achieve the woven in patterns. 
    • Kirtle – Linen and linen blends, some cottons to lighten the under layers
    • Underclothes – Linen, linen blends, cottons
  • Ornamentation:

Ensemble Components

  • Haube
  • chemise
  • hosen

  • pointed shoes
  • housebook dress


  • thin leather belt
  • mantle (short cloak)
  • schaube (heavy long coat)
  • purse
  • apron



http://craftyagatha.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/pleat-detail3.png (detail of back pleats) http://employees.oneonta.edu/farberas/arth/Images/ARTH_214images/prints/housebook_aristotle_and_phyllis.jpg


Source of Period Pichttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Durer,_Portrait_of_a_Young_F%C3%BCrleger_with_Her_Hair_Done_Up.jpg
ModelAmira bint Timurhan
PhotographerVincent De Vere

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