From the designer Professor Arlene Handschuch:
The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA has one of the largest displays of armor and arms in the western hemisphere. To complement the armor on display in the main gallery and to enhance their educational programs, the Museum commissioned my research, drafting and construction of a collection of renaissance and medieval historic costume reproductions. The costumes are used under the armor exhibited on display forms, on horse display forms for jousting exhibits, for display with dog armor, for wear by the educational staff during their educational presentations and for images printed on postcards sold in the Museum’s gift store. Creation of the reproduction costumes included:
- research of design details, fabrics, and colors as seen in historic costume texts and in renaissance and medieval paintings and sculpture.
- sketching the design lines and fabric rendering each individual item in for presentation to the Museum for approval and suitability to the exhibit space.
- drafting the pattern for each item based on 3‐dimensional measurements of the display form, human form, or animal form on which the garments will be shown.
- prototype development, test fit, and evaluation of the design in muslin.
- sourcing and purchasing of contemporary fashion fabrics and trims to simulate historic fabrics and colors.
- final construction and final fit of the design in fashion fabric.
- photographic documentation of the final design.