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Medieval vest

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The gibbon is a jacket or vest fair for men. This garment was developed from the jacket of frank armor or gambeson that was used as underwear from the fourteenth century.

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  • In the 15th century, the gibbon began to appear as a Spanish-style piece of clothing and from there spread throughout Europe. The typical features of this type of clothing were a comfortable fit, a short, high collar and a seam at the waist. It was usually adorned elaborately and made of high quality fabrics.

    The gibbon went up to the waist or up to the hip and sometimes had an additional lower hem. The added hem concealed the transition to the pants, which were attached directly to the gibbon with laces. Occasionally, the sleeves were also fastened to the shoulders only with laces and therefore could be easily removed or reattached. However, not every gibbon or gibbon had sleeves - which makes the sleeveless gibbon the forerunner of the modern vest or vest. Usually closed in the center of the front with a series of buttons (lace fasteners at the front were more common with its predecessor, the armament jacket). As was fashionable at the time, the belly/chest area was often accentuated with additional padding.

    The gibbon was combined with a white shirt and a round padded hose (called trunk hose, Bombasted hose, cannions or dirty water, depending on style, and colloquially known as pumpkin pants). Numerous Spanish portraits from the late Middle Ages testify to the prevalence of the gibbon at the time, and even some original examples of this period have been preserved to this day.

    Our velvet-lined gibbon (100% cotton) is just above the hip. The embellishments applied, the round buttons of high quality and the flaps sewn on the shoulders make it clear that it was designed for festive or solemn occasions. The added hem has slits and is equipped with sewn eyelets hidden at the front to allow the user to lace the pants/socks directly into the gibbon.

    This stylish gibbon is ideal for portraying prosperous and high-level characters and will enhance any costume.

    With regard to the fabric, it can be added that velvet had its origin in the 14th century Mediterranean and was predominantly woven in Italy. The complexity of the craftsmanship involved in the production of velvet clothing made them luxury items.


    - Available sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

    - Color: black

    - Material: 100% cotton (velvet)

    - Total length size L: approx. 58.5 cm

    (measured from the center of the neck to the lower hem)

    - Care instructions:

    Cotton velvet should not be washed in the machine to avoid irreversible creases. Ironing should also be avoided at all costs, as this can crush the battery. To remove light stains, we recommend using a clothes brush to gently brush the stained area in the direction of the nap. For larger stains, it is advisable that the dress be dry washed by a professional.

    Size Chart - Men - Jacket / Vest
    size S
    m I Xl XXL Thoracic circumference (in cm) 92 100 108 116 120