Traditional lower class

At performances and processions the dancers and musicians wear historically correct attire dating from the first half of the 19th century. This dress is the result of painstaking research that our working group "Dress" has done in the period 1997-2000.

This quest for a new attire suits the endeavour of the group's quality improvement. Besides improving the technical dance and musical performance, we also stopped dressing uniformly since 2000. The uniform dress did not reflect the Flemish regional costumes from the last century correctly.

The regional dress was above all more colourful than generally has been admitted. Reuzegom has therefore purposely chosen to have each member compose his or her own costume and

have it made 

according to the pictures found through the research. In this way every costume is unique and made by hand by each of the members.

Research at (dress) museums and libraries rendered plenty of images (drawings and paintings) that we could make use of for our new attire. As is the case today then too there was a great variety in fabrics, colours and types of headdress etc.

A complete ladies' costume comprises: leather shoes or boots, cotton stockings, a long pair of underpants, a petticoat of minimum 2m80 diameter, two top skirts of minimum 3m60 diameter each, an apron, a blouse, a jacket, large kerchief and a hat. A complete men's costume comprises: leather shoes or boots, stockings, a pair of trousers, a shirt, a waistcoat, a mock and a hat.

If you are interested in the results of the above research and the tailor-made guidelines that were developed for our own group, kindly contact the working group "Dress": Geert Pauwels