Queen Margareta’s gold gown – Uppsala:
The clothes are kept behind tinted glass to protect them and light levels are very low, so visitors are supplied with torches so that they can look at the details of the garments – which is rather fun. Queen Margareta’s gown has been conserved and was on display (pictured below – sorry it’s not a great image).
The gown is made from Italian gold brocade with a pomegranate design in gold on a reddish-violet silk ground. The cloth has been carbon dated and was found to have been woven between 1403-1439. A replica of it has also been constructed, but is on display at Stockholm.
Queen Margareta’s gold gown, replica – Stockholm:
At the beginning of September this year (2010). I had an opportunity to visit the Historiska Museet in Stockholm (The Museum of National Antiquities) where the reproduction of this gown is displayed.
The gold fabric has been hand-printed to reflect the design of the original fabric, as it would have been awesomely expensive to actually recreate it.
The reproduction gown being worn. Sorry the picture is a bit distorted – I could only photograph the image from an angle and through glass. I should like to find out more about this re-production – I will try and find out!
Thanks to Bess Chilver who sent this link: Durant Textiles – Durant textiles made the fabric, created the gown and published this excellent article, on the reproduction with lots of pictures, in their newsletter. They also have an excellent article on Queen Margareta herself.