Dress up!

Want to blend into the celebrations? Show up on to our sites in a costume to make your stay at the New France Festival unforgettable!

Costumes are not required, but we encourage all colonial era enthusiasts to wear their finest outfits. Many festival-goers enjoy wearing historical costumes, but only the Medallion is required to access all activities on the program.

Clothing
in New-France

The People

Quilted bonnet : This headwear made of quilted fabric covers one’s hair and is tied under the chin. This specific bonnet is worn under a coif (cornette) while others, such as the one­row or two row bonnets, are worn on their own. femme en nouvelle-france

Skirt : A long and ample wool skirt worn over an underskirt. femme en nouvelle-france

Shirt : A white cotton shirt that includes a collar and buttons at the wrist.hommes en nouvelle-france

Breeches : These wool pants are buttoned at the crotch and fastened at the knees.hommes en nouvelle-france

Tricorn hat : The rim of this triangular hat is folded towards the skullcap into three horns, hence the name.hommes en nouvelle-france

The bourgeois

Shirt : A thin shirt of white linen featuring ornamental lacework at the neckline. femme en nouvelle-france

Robe : A tight­fitting garment with narrow sleeves. femme en nouvelle-france

Stomacher : An embroidered or richly coated triangular piece of clothing that covers the lacing of a boned bodice. femme en nouvelle-france

This outfit sometimes includes a fan, a parasol and gloves.

Tricorn hat : Often decorated with feathers.hommes en nouvelle-france

Jabot : A lace (or muslin) ornament that’s stitched around the neck and lays down to the chest.hommes en nouvelle-france

Cuffs : Removable wrist ornaments for a man’s shirt.hommes en nouvelle-france

Jerkin : An embroidered piece of clothing covered in braids and ribbons. It is adjusted around the waist and drops to the knees. It features basques, ornamental folded cuffs and either low pockets or high pockets, according to the fashion of the moment. It is split at the bottom in the back and on the sides.hommes en nouvelle-france

The Nobles

Robe : Tailored from the best brocaded silks, it is richly decorated with golden and silver thread.femme en nouvelle-france

Brocade : Rich silk finely decorated with images woven of golden and silver thread in relief.femme en nouvelle-france

Engageantes : Removable funnel­shaped lace ornaments adorning the bottom of the sleeves of a woman’s shirt.femme en nouvelle-france

Skirt : Ornamented with fringes and worn over multiple underskirts.femme en nouvelle-france

Fringes : Strips of hanging thread or fabric that decorate cloth.femme en nouvelle-france

Wig : Also called an in­folio. It is so large it forces its wearer to carry his hat under his arm.hommes en nouvelle-france

Jabot : A lace (or muslin) ornament that’s stitched around the neck and lays down to the chest.hommes en nouvelle-france

Cuffs : Removable wrist ornaments for a man’s shirt.hommes en nouvelle-france

Jacket : Embroidered with golden and silver threads.hommes en nouvelle-france

Jerkin : Worn over the rest of the clothes, it is decorated with golden braids and ribbons.hommes en nouvelle-france

This outfit features gloves and a cane.