About the author

May 2012 at the Kalamazoo conferenceMy given name is Tasha Dandelion Kelly.

I discovered the joy of reverse-engineering medieval clothing in 1998. In some form or another, this passion has persisted and continues to exist digitally as La cotte simple. I started the site in 2003, putting my experience as a technical writer to work for my creative passion.

Cross-dressing as a man from 1380 wearing my peacock befeathered beak hatIn 2010 I applied for the Janet Arnold Award, which provides funds to independent scholars for hands-on research of extant historical garments. I contacted the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Chartres, France and received permission to take the pourpoint of Charles VI off its mannequin to record its cut and construction. I undertook this study on July 1, 2011 and with the resulting data, wrote a paper (published in Waffen- und Kostümkunde in the 2013/2 edition) and recreated the garment.

1380s huntress wearing a peacock-befeathered beak hatIn the fall of 2012, I decided to overhaul this site and add a blog as well as other new pages to make it more of an active stop for like-minded students of historical clothing. Nothing quite scratches all my creative and intellectual itches like the study of medieval fashion history. I have never followed the crowd when choosing my interests, and I take special pleasure in leading others into new avenues of inquiry through my writings, diagrams, and photos. I love to hear from readers, so feel free to drop me a line by email or through my Facebook page.

My CV is available upon request for serious inquiries concerning guest speaking/teaching.

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  1. Could you please do a tutorial, similar to the Charles de Blois tutorial,on the Moy gown? Thank you!

    • Hi Chris, I wish I could, but I don’t know enough about that dress to attempt it. Maybe some day!