I thought I would start posting some of the many theories about the under layers of the Burgundian gowns, stay tuned for one a week!
Once upon a time the placket theory was the theory that the Burgundian gown was worn directly over the chemise with the neckline being filled in by a placket. These days they placket theory is a little different. Sometimes when you look at paintings of this style of dress the hem of the under dress is a different colour to the fabric seen at the neckline. The placket theory these days describes a Placket of a different fabric pinned to the underdress, so that the underdress looks one colour at the neckline and another at the hem when lifted. This also gives the look of the smooth fronted underdress while enabling the wearer to wear a front laced kirtle under the gown.