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Known as the She-wolf of France, Queen Isabella was notable for her beauty, diplomatic skills and intelligence. She has become a popular “femme fatale” figure in plays and literature over the years, usually portrayed as a beautiful but cruel, manipulative figure. And, the Princess Isabelle Gown was designed in her honor to be worn in the movie Braveheart.

The gorgeous Princess Isabelle Gown is made of cotton crushed velvet and is accented with a rich period-trimmed collar. A matching long belt and soft veil complete the outfit. Just add a crown and the look will be complete.

You will, however, need to assume just the right attitude to truly pull off Queen Isabella’s persona in the Princess Isabelle Gown. Despite the sympathetic portrayal in Bravehart, Queen Isabella is mostly viewed by historians as as beautiful, but manipulative or wicked. She is also portrayed as a very vain egoist with a deep streak of sadism.

But, no need to go overboard on adopting her attitude.  You just need to command respect among your minions and dish out a few orders here and there. After all, she was known to be intoxicated with power. Just make sure to exercise the right mix of charm and diplomacy to  convince those around you to follow your courses of action.

The Isabelle Gown is available in sizes small, medium, large and extra large.  The crushed velvet material will fit comfortably over your curves and provide you with plenty of room to move about.

So, if you’re ready to rule a kingdom for a day, you’ll easily assume the role in a Princess Isabelle Gown.

Anne Boleyn Grand Heritage Collection Adult CostumeAre you looking for a renaissance dress costume that shows your beauty, intelligence, and bravery for this Halloween or an upcoming renaissance faire? Or would you rather wear something secretly provocative and perhaps a little bloody? Either way, the Anne Boleyn costume is for you.

Anne Boleyn was beautiful and brave – a true queen among peasants, but her life (and death) are all about blood. The second wife of King Henry VIII, Anne was the woman that changed the face of religious Europe. She is the reason that Henry denounced the Catholic Church and the Pope, setting himself up as the religious leader of the newly formed Church of England.

As the newfound religious leader, Henry VIII was able to divorce his first wife and marry the beautiful Anne. She must have been quite captivating to inspire such a shift in the devoutly Catholic king. Not only that, but Anne was not nearly highborn enough to qualify to take the place of a queen. Had it not been for her wits, her sensuality, her beauty, and her brains, she would have been just another mistress belonging to just another king.

Anne was not born to be a mistress. She was born to be a queen…like a fairytale come true. Though her reign lasted only shortly over two years, she was the mother to one of the greatest rulers in all of English history, Elizabeth I.

You can realize your own dream of royalty in the brown and olive green Anne Boleyn dress with lace-up bodice and gold trim. A coordinating headpiece is also included to complete a costume that is a crowning achievement in design. Add a renaissance pouch to complete the look.

Renaissance Pouch (Gold)Anne Boleyn was a beautiful woman who changed the face of history by loving a king. As beautiful as she was, Anne’s story didn’t end beautifully. You may remember her from the old phrase used to remember what happened to all six of Henry’s wives, “divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.”

Anne was the first wife that Henry had beheaded. Why did Henry have Anne beheaded? Perhaps he was overly jealous because she was so beautiful or perhaps he had already started going crazy (historians believe he had syphilis that caused him to go crazy later in life), but Henry believed that Anne was being unfaithful.

Historians mostly agree that these accusations were unfounded and stemmed more from the fact that Anne had been unable to bear a son and heir to the throne than from the fact that she was unfaithful. Though her beauty won her the crown of England, it cost her the head on which it was placed.

The Anne Boleyn costume is ideal for Halloween, faires, weddings or themed-events. The quality of the gown is exceptional, true to the period, and an excellent match for King Henry VIII or his executioner.

Journe Gown Renaissance Collection AdultHave you always been in awe of the Renaissance period and the rebirth of beauty and artistic self expression?  Or are you one of those women who simply admire the appealing European fashion trends that unraveled during this age of cultural re-awakening?  Who wouldn’t admire the sensuality brought by wearing the corset and those low, square-cut necklines?  Indeed, it was the Renaissance that heralded the now classic empire cut.

If you rarely go to black tie events, then you seldom get the opportunity to wear formal gowns with that striking empire cut.  Yet, you don’t have to be invited to formal gatherings or be in theater to get the chance to dress-up in a gown with a flattering corset.  You can still explore your feminine side by choosing a Renaissance Dress Costume for your next Halloween ball or Renaissance faire in your area.

The Renaissance dress is worn under several layers of clothing, as is distinct of medieval fashion.  During the middle-ages and until the 17th century, women wore “kirtles” underneath the basic gown.  A kirtle is a skirt and a bodice sewn together with large folds falling to the ground from a tight waist.  The kirtle also had large sleeves with deep turned-back cuffs.  Of course, the kirtle had the definitive low, square-cut neckline.

However, beginning in the 18th century, the kirtle lost its heavy folds and tight waist.  Although it remained long, the undergarment became loose and light-weight and called a chemise.  Today, with changes in length and fabric, the chemise persists as a basic woman’s undergarment.  This same chemise will be your required undergarment for a Renaissance Dress Costume.

Starting to doubt if you can pull-off this costume ensemble?  Do not fret. There are ready-made costumes available commercially. Better yet, you can find the Renaissance costume online.  For example, the Journe Gown design is typical of countryside women’s fashion in the Limousin region of France, a province known for its fine porcelain.

The Journe gown is in jewel black with a low-cut neckline and a bodice that serves as a body-forming corset to push-up your bosom and hold-in your tummy.  Consisting of cotton velveteen fabric, the gown is half-lined in satin fabric of various colors with functional, turned-back cuff sleeves that tie-on with ribbons.

Being handmade, the gown is adorned with trim, ribbons and lining that are distinct in every piece.  If you appreciate excellent attention to detail, this undeniably feminine Renaissance Dress Costume is surely for you. Do not waste time.  Order the Journe Gown today; pair it up with a light chemise, and be the Belle of the Ball!

Renaissance Lady Adult CostumeWouldn’t you like to be Queen for a day?

Well, IT’S ABOUT TIME!

You work hard everyday…juggling work, family and life’s little emergencies that  come along. Now’s your opportunity to line up your minions and have them perform  whatever tricks or treats you can dream up on Halloween in your Renaissance Lady  Costume.

During the Renaissance period, the color purple was only to be worn by the Queen.  Therefore, most authentic-looking costumes today are not made with this color  fabric, unless the person wants to dress as royalty. And that would be you.

Sexy Gold Adult ShoesYou’ll turn heads in this stunning Renaissance dress! It includes a purple velvet  gown that laces up the front. The costume comes in both adult and adult plus sizes. It’s all one piece so you don’t have to worry about any extras, except for some gorgeous shoes. And remember ladies, shoes can make or break a costume. But you can’t go wrong with a pair of sexy gold heels.

In the Renaissance Lady Costume, there will be no doubt in ones mind that you hail  from nobility. During the Renaissance period, clothing was a direct indication of  wealth, much in the manner of imported or tailored clothing today.

The cost of clothing was related to the type of fabric and (in the days before  synthetic dyes) the color. Purple dye was extracted by crushing thousands of tiny  sea snails and was very difficult to get. However, there are numerous berries out  there that make purple hued dyes that surely peasants would have worn.

The sumptuary laws stated that no one besides the Queen and her family could wear  purple silk. Therefore, the average person can tell the difference between your  minions and her royal majesty.

Purple was indeed reserved for the Queen herself. And processed fabrics such as  velvet or corduroy as well as satins and other fine weaves made a perfect match for  the color.

So, dress as a noble lady of the Renaissance in this beautiful purple gown! The  Renaissance Lady Costume makes a great period dress for Halloween as well as other  events (Renaissance faires, weddings and costume parties) all year long.