|Melancholia I – Albercht Durer – 1514|
|Melancholia I (Apron Detail) – Albrecht Durer – 1514|
Aprons, ubiquitous to all stations throughout history, serve both functional and frivolous purposes. Made of wool or linen, ranging in colours from black to white to green to blue, they were used to protect clothing and as a status symbol.
This is the beginning of my research into aprons in the German Cities in the 16th century. I’ll be looking at the range of colours displayed in art and trying to extrapolate a difference in social class in relation to apron colour. I will also try to identify different styles of aprons; pleated, smocked, flat, partial coverage or complete.
I like aprons, I find them useful every day. I cook, clean, work, and relax in garb over the course of an event. Having useful functional clothing and accessories assists in maintaining my kit as well as lending authenticity to it. The devil is in the details. I’ve had a simple pleated apron made of midweight linen for 5 years and it’s finally time to cut it up into wash cloths. I need some basic functional aprons, but I’m also working on some fancier ones similar to the apron depicted in Durer’s “Melancholia I” shown above.
Welcome to my Rabbit Hole!