Component Entry, Male

Undershirt/Tunic (Saint Louis Shirt)

Title1200 CE Linen Saint Louis Shirt 1
Entry #GGC2021.001
Alternate NamesShirt of Saint Louis the 9th Undershirt, tunic,
Year1270 CE
Time range1200-1300 CE
EraHigh medieval
MakerVincent De Vere,
ConfidenceExtant example


A tunic and an outer layer coat associated with Norse cultures.  The front panels cross over each Attempt to replicate the surviving shirt labeled as belonging to Saint Louis the 9th found in Notre-Dame de Paris,     


Wool coat lined with linen decorated with a tablet woven band.  The coat is shown over a

One of the many variations of the tunics. This is an attempt to replicate one of the few surviving examples of undershirts.  The extant example can be found in the Notre-Dame de Paris and is claimed to belong to Saint Louis the 9th (1226-1270CE) king of France.  Although the exact lineage is not provable, the garment is a representation of n undergarment from before 1300CE. 

It is often assumed that the extant example is representative of one of the many variations for methods of construction for undergarments for men.  Many illustrations of people from all levels of society survive showing people wearing undergarments but this example gives us insight to the construction technique.

The original is made from linen as is the reconstruction.  Undergarments and additional layers are a good way to add to an ensemble as well as serving the purpose that the original served.  The undergarments that get sweaty or dirty, are more easily washed than the outer garments that are often more expensive and harder to clean.  

Inspiration Images

Common Materials

  • Fabrics:
    • Undergarments were generally made from linen 

Effective Substitutions

  • Fabrics:
    • Linen
    • linen blends
    • Linen rayon
    • Linen cotton
    • cotton

Ensemble Components

  • Undershirt



source image Public Domain

File:Trésors de Saint Louis dans le trésor de Notre-Dame de Paris 2018-05-12.jpg

Source of Period Pic
Model Vincent de Vere
PhotographerVincent de Vere

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