This started out as a handout I created years and years ago to talk about medieval fashions. As the SCA is emerging from our collective isolation and starting to meet up in person again, we're having small educational meetings. So, I revisited my old handout and expanded it a bit to provide a brief overview of fashion for folks that are new to studying this era or new to historical re-creation.
A brief word about scope: this was intended to be an overview of Medieval, western European fashions. So, the scope is basically from the "Fall of Rome" (approximately the 5th century CE) until the later 15th century (which was my arbitrary choice for the transition from the "middle ages" to the "renaissance"). For my purposes, "western Europe" is basically Latin Christendom, even though I start out in pre-Christian times for some areas.
The collection of images can be found as a PDF HERE
I hope that this collection of pictures is helpful! Most have an indication of where the image came from, so that you can track down more information on them if you choose.