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100 Examples of Medieval Fashion

From Armored Body Mods to Gothic Medieval Editorials

— September 18, 2012 — Fashion
After seeing the Rodarte Spring 2013 collection, it became apparent that the fashion industry is steering towards a muse that is empowered by medieval fashion.

The vast amount of editorials and styles in this compilation showcase warlike gear that channels vastly popular movies and shows like Game of Thrones or The Hunger Games. The idea is to utilize the warrior-like aesthetic of the middle ages with futuristic detailing that make for a chic heroine style.

Chain links, leather textures, bold embroidery and fierce silhouettes make up these looks of heroically haute knighthood. With such prominence both in collections and editorials, decidedly defensive apparel is here to stay. From chainmail shorts to birdcage frocks, the look of empowerment is highly de rigueur.
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Darkly Chained Photo Prints
Darkly Chained Photo Prints
These Homme Star Nr Two Images are Truly Haunting
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97
Ankle Cuff Runways
Ankle Cuff Runways
The Anne Sofie Madsen Spring/Summer 2012 Collection is Chic
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96
Battle-Ready Editorials
Battle-Ready Editorials
Cover Denmark's September 2012 'Peaceful Warrior' Photoshoot is Aggressive
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95
Caveman Baubles
Caveman Baubles
Rettore Jewelry is a Beautiful Rustic Gem Line
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94
Green Medieval Fashion
Green Medieval Fashion
The Susan Woo Autumn Winter 2010 Collection
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93
Hot Fairy Tale Heroines
Hot Fairy Tale Heroines
The Edgy New ‘Snow White and the Huntsman' Promotion Photos
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92
Slavic Bohemian Fashion
Slavic Bohemian Fashion
The BCBG Pre-Fall 2012 Collection is Both Medieval and Futuristic
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91
Modern Utilitarian Catwalks
Modern Utilitarian Catwalks
The Paco Rabanne Fall 2012 Collection is Sharply Tailored
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90
Diamond Body Armor
Diamond Body Armor
Daphne Guinness' 'Contra Mundum' Chain Mail Collaboration With Shaun Leane
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89
Extreme Cutout Catwalks
Extreme Cutout Catwalks
The Toni Maticevski FW 2012 Show is Haunting and Sensual
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88
Dramatically Draped Fashion
Dramatically Draped Fashion
The Imaginary People Fall 2011 Collection is Elegant and Versatile
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87
Sharp-Shouldered Editorials
Sharp-Shouldered Editorials
Lee Broomfield Photographs Structured Jackets for Elle UK
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86
Caged Medieval Captures
Caged Medieval Captures
Akiss Paraskevopoulos Presents Stunning Images
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85
Medieval Weddings
Medieval Weddings
Katie and Scott Say 'I Do' with a Renaissance Flair
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84
Feathered Armor
Feathered Armor
The Barbara Palvin Numero #115 Editorial Gets Tough
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83
Imprisoned Armor Shoots
Imprisoned Armor Shoots
The Antidote Magazine ‘Madone' Issue Gets Seductive
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82
Psychedelic Warrior Editorials
Psychedelic Warrior Editorials
The Glowing Ones2Watch 'Rainbow Raider' Spread
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81
Brass Vests
Brass Vests
Aggressive Chic Metal Details & Smoke Prints by Gemma Slack
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80
Extreme Architectural Accessories
Extreme Architectural Accessories
The Heidi Ackerman 'Construct This' Collection is in Your Face
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79
Medieval Knights as Muses
Medieval Knights as Muses
OntFront Spring/Summer 2010 Lookbook Channels King Arthur's Court
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78
Glamorous Armor Accessories
Glamorous Armor Accessories
The Heaven Tanudiredja SS 2012 Campaign Will Shield You in Style
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77
Medieval Fairytale Gowns
Medieval Fairytale Gowns
Arzhiyeva Sisters' Creations Inspired by Traditional Chechen Dress
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76
Amazonian Warrior Covers
Amazonian Warrior Covers
"Elevation" by Dazed Digital Magazine
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75
Shackle Bangles
Shackle Bangles
Marisa A. Lomonaco Designs Jewelry That is Dungeon-Appropriate
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74
Rustic Medieval Menswear
Rustic Medieval Menswear
The Dominic Louis Spring Collection Channels Historic Fashions
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73
Mythical Priestess Accessories
Mythical Priestess Accessories
The Bjorg Jewellery 2012 Collection is Made for the Modern Nomad
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72
Futuristic Armored Runways
Futuristic Armored Runways
The Lanvin Fall 2012 Collection Features Embellished Embroidery
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71
Feminine Medieval Attire
Feminine Medieval Attire
The Rodarte Spring 2013 Collection Boasts References to Battle Gear
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70
Chained Warriorography
Chained Warriorography
Eric Mas' Camera Captures Controlled Chaos
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69
Armor-Inspired Accessories
Armor-Inspired Accessories
Anndra Neen Jewelry Line Transports Us Back to Medieval Times
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68
Concealed Contemporary Couture
Concealed Contemporary Couture
An In-Depth Look into Women's Fashion156 Issue 37
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67
Medieval Armor Accessories
Medieval Armor Accessories
OntFront Spring 2010 Channels Knights & Exudes Masculinity
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66
Wild Warrior Pictorials
Wild Warrior Pictorials
Koichiro Doi Shoots the Tokyo Tribe VMAN Editorial
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65
Masculine Gladiator Shoots
Masculine Gladiator Shoots
'Warriors' for Client Magazine are Sensual
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64
Seducing The Knight in Armor
Seducing The Knight in Armor
Gucci Hysteria Campaign
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63
Androgynous Medieval Fashions
Androgynous Medieval Fashions
Designer Rad Hourani Shows the 2011 Fall RAD Line
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62
Anglo-Saxon Warriorettes
Anglo-Saxon Warriorettes
A.F. Vandevorst Presents Armor, Belts for Spring 2010
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61
Psychedelic Beaded Couture
Psychedelic Beaded Couture
The Sabine Ducasse Melting Pot Collection is Boldly Bright
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60
Victorian Shoulder Pads
Victorian Shoulder Pads
The Rachel Freire Ruffle Bolero is a Classic and Bold Look
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59
Splinter-Shedding Shirts
Splinter-Shedding Shirts
This Wooden Top by Manish Arora is Anatomically Correct
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58
Medieval Metal Jewelry
Medieval Metal Jewelry
The 2010 Pamela Love Men's Jewelry Collection Channels the Dark Ages
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57
Cavalier-Inspired Photography
Cavalier-Inspired Photography
The ‘Aut Cum Scuto, Aut in Scuto' Series is Modernly Med
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56
Chainmail Shorts
Chainmail Shorts
Cut-Off Jean Shorts With a Medieval Twist
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55
Fantasy Hair Wear
Fantasy Hair Wear
The Online Puppycatmeow Shop With Give You Out-There Hair
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54
Fierce Fencing Editorials
Fierce Fencing Editorials
The 'First Cut' Personae Magazine Editorial is Fashionably Tough
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53
Chainmail Waist Cinchers
Chainmail Waist Cinchers
Deff's 'Summerlight' for BeandLife is Futuristic Fantastic
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52
Gilded Battle Fashion
Gilded Battle Fashion
The Marloes Horst Ponytail Magazine Spread Calls for Stylish Warfare
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51
Surreal Symmetry Editorials
Surreal Symmetry Editorials
The Chimaera Faint Magazine Photo Shoot is Avant-Garde
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50
Warrior Princess Fashion
Warrior Princess Fashion
The Sass & Bide L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Show
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49
Urban Battle Fashion
Urban Battle Fashion
'East Side Story' for Marie Claire July 2010 Doubles Up on Warrior Style
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48
Urban Warrior Street Style
Urban Warrior Street Style
Hyoni Kang is Ready for War in This Dazed & Confused Korea Shoot
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47
Futuristic Baroque Fashion
Futuristic Baroque Fashion
The Dramatic & Haunting Malgorzata Dudek Spring Summer 2012 Collection
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46
Futuristic Tribal Warrior Fashion
Futuristic Tribal Warrior Fashion
Thierry Mugler Presents 'Brothers of Arcadia' Collection
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45
Medieval-Inspired Portraits
Medieval-Inspired Portraits
The Intermission Magazine Summer 2012 Issue Goes Centuries Back
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44
Spiked Sweaters
Spiked Sweaters
Jakub Zelman and Louis Trainor Rock Hardware from Head to Toe in Deluxx Magazine
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43
Recession Inspired Fashion
Recession Inspired Fashion
Soft Goth
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Funky Armor Accessories
Funky Armor Accessories
Miss Wax Jewelry Lookbook is Filled with Pop Artsy Fun
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41
Medieval Bridal Photography
Medieval Bridal Photography
The Ali Larrey 'Brides' Photoshoot is Delightfully Decadent
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40
Modern Medieval Photoshoots
Modern Medieval Photoshoots
Norman Cavazzana Rocks Russian Queens for M Magazine
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39
Modern Medieval Fashion
Modern Medieval Fashion
The Chanel Fall 2010 Haute Couture Collection is Old World Chic
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38
Faux Armor Masks
Faux Armor Masks
Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 Menswear is McCrazy
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37
Suburban Warrior Photography
Suburban Warrior Photography
Ilovefake Magazine Gets Down Right Mercenary
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36
Radiant Rainbow-Colored Renderings
Radiant Rainbow-Colored Renderings
Chris Newman is a Master of Illustrating Eclectic Concept Art
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35
Birdcage Frocks
Birdcage Frocks
The ‘Chromat Garments' Shoji Collection Ties You into Style
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34
Modern Monarchy Editorials
Modern Monarchy Editorials
The i-D Magazine Spring 2012 Edition Features Macabre Queens
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33
Dragon Hide Gloves
Dragon Hide Gloves
The Armored Arm Warmers from Crystal's Idyll are Stylish & Comfortable
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32
Futuristic Metallic Fashion
Futuristic Metallic Fashion
The Iris Van Herpen A/W10 Collection is Intricately Fierce
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Angelic Warrior Shoots
Angelic Warrior Shoots
The Natalia Vodianova Harper's Bazaar Cover Story Strikes Gold
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Road Warrior Bikini Fashion
Road Warrior Bikini Fashion
Wilfredo Alexander Channels Mad Max for His Wilhelmina FW 2010 Shoot
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Medieval-Inspired Headdresses
Medieval-Inspired Headdresses
The McQueen Fall 2011 RTW Runway Show Focuses on Hair Accessories
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Medieval Metal Crowns
Medieval Metal Crowns
The Debut Collection of 17-Year-Old British Designer Rael Stone
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Spiked Shoulder Fashion
Spiked Shoulder Fashion
UAE Based Designer Qasimi Pokes Onlookers
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Fierce Warrior Photography
Fierce Warrior Photography
Julia Kiecksee's 'Rise of the Amazons' Series is Brave and Bold
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Armored Body Mods
Armored Body Mods
A Stunning Music Video for 'Doubt' by Delphic
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Warrior Woman Fashion
Warrior Woman Fashion
Samantha Coles Designs for the Tenacious Fierce Woman
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Haute Armored Ensembles
Haute Armored Ensembles
The Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2011 Line is Tough Yet Delicate
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Avant-Garde Elizabethan Collars
Avant-Garde Elizabethan Collars
'A Call to Armor' by Gareth Pugh in NY Times Style Magazine
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Body Armor Jewelry
Body Armor Jewelry
Sandee Shin's Medieval-Themed Designs Offer "Sculpture for the Body"
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Modern Medieval Menswear
Modern Medieval Menswear
Asger Juel Larsen Autumn/Winter 2009 Rocks Hoods, Tunics & Mesh
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Medieval Fashion
Medieval Fashion
Stella McCartney A/W 2008
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Urban Warrior Photography
Urban Warrior Photography
Darla Baker's Badass Editorial for L'Officiel Russia February 2011
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Women Warrior Photography
Women Warrior Photography
Maude Arsenault Captures Feminine Strength
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Gothic Medieval Editorials
Gothic Medieval Editorials
The Dark Knight Rises for the September 2012 Marie Claire is Fierce
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Futuristic Warrior Fashion
Futuristic Warrior Fashion
Marie Claire Brazil April 2010 is Black Leather at its Best
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14
Head Armor Accessories
Head Armor Accessories
Alexander McQueen's Extreme Warrior Masks Make You A Chic Tinman
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13
Sword and Stone Spreads
Sword and Stone Spreads
Numero #126 by Sebastian Kim Tells a Legendary Narrative
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12
Medieval Booties
Medieval Booties
The Dark Ages Inspires the Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 Footwear Collection
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11
Warrior Chic Fashion
Warrior Chic Fashion
Battle-Ready Prada Armor Dresses and Hip Wader Boots for Fall '09
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10
Woodland Warrior Photography
Woodland Warrior Photography
Suzanne Diaz Looks Ready to Hunt in Suzanne Diaz
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9
Armored Nightmarish Editorials
Armored Nightmarish Editorials
Mert and Marcus Do a Dark Shoot for Interview Magazine March 2012
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8
Gothic Renaissance Fashion
Gothic Renaissance Fashion
Louise Simmonds ‘Alter' Collection is her First
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7
Glamorous Gothic Couture
Glamorous Gothic Couture
These Ludivine Poiblanc Looks are Elegantly Dark
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6
Couture Warrior Princesses
Couture Warrior Princesses
Fashionistas are Called to Battle in the Xi Sinsong 'Wahine' Series
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5
Ankle-Length Men's Skirts
Ankle-Length Men's Skirts
Fujiwara Fall/Winter 2010 Collection Embraces Fashion's Last Taboo
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4
Surreal Futuristic Armor
Surreal Futuristic Armor
The Interview Magazine ‘Back to the Future’ Editorial
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3
Intricate Couture Tresses
Intricate Couture Tresses
Medieval Models with Woven Hair at the Alexander McQueen SS11 Show
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2
Robot-Inspired Fashion
Robot-Inspired Fashion
Eva Nyiri Takes Inspiration from Samurais & Transformers
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Futuristic Warrior Fashion
Futuristic Warrior Fashion
The Morfium Couture 'Full Moon' Spread by Dusan Jaukovic is Striking
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