I bought silk and linen something like six months ago. Trying to scrounge up a few more resources to guide putting them together into something before I cut cloth. I've become rather enamored of the open-fronted Frankish/Kentish robe, which - if it really is held shut with a pin suite - persists into the 7th-early 8th centuries.
SCA-Garb group discussing Arnegunde robe interpretations. The whole "knee length undertunic" thing is interesting, and as far as I know, based entirely on the assumption that the expensive metal leg garter fittings were meant to be seen. It's not a bad assumption, but I always think about the reverse of the Tara Brooch in those cases...
Saint-Denis website: "The deceased wore a violet-coloured silk skirt, held in place by a large leather belt that had a sumptuously decorated buckle plate and buckle counter-plate. Her reddish-brown silk tunic, decorated with gold braid, was fastened with a pair of round brooches with a garnet cloisonné decoration. Two small pins and a large garnet encrusted pin held her silk veil in place. Her stockings were held up by garters and the straps on her leather shoes were fitted with small buckles, counter-plates and strap-ends with animal motifs.
Two sphere-shaped earrings, in imitation of the then reigning fashion in the Byzantine world, completed the lady's rich gold and silver jewelry. On her thumb, a ring inscribed with a woman's given name, ARNEGUNDIS, surrounding a central monogramme that can be expanded to REGINE (queen). It was this same queen Arnegunde, wife of Clotaire I (511-561) and mother of Chilperic I, whom Gregory of Tours had described in the late sixth century. If we take into account historical data such as the birth of Chilperic around 537-539, and the dating of the most recent clothing items, the queen would have been buried sometime between 580 and 590, aged 70 to 80 years old."
French Wikipedia article on Aregonde, more detailed than the English one. "She was wearing a Chinese silk dyed purple, a veil of silk patterned yellow and red, shoes kid red, and gold and silver jewelry adorned with garnets from Asia" (Google Translate) Good references on the page, too (although they appear to also be in French...)
Interesting that it says the shoes were red; reminds me of the red-dyed furs/leathers Aldhelm was telling nuns not to adorn their shoes with.
Forum post with pictures, including the knee-length original Fleury reconstruction, and the new, modern one I saw in someone's set of pictures taken at the museum. Also includes the original sketch showing the disposition of the artifacts in the sarcophagus.
Discussion on the medieval-leather list about Arnegune's gilded belt. Mentions some of the references commonly cited.
Queens of the Merovingians exhibit in Frankfurt, featuring Wisigarde, Arnegune, and Bathilde. Nice reconstruction art, hoping there will be a catalogue or other information forthcoming.
Not sure what this is, but the right-hand linkset is chock full of huge hi-res pictures of some of the 'Queens of the Merovingians' artifacts, and a PDF of information on the exhibit (in German).
Reconstruction of the shoes and garters for the museum.
Werner, J (1964): "Frankish Royal Tombs in the Cathedrals of Cologne and Saint-Denis". _Antiquity_ Vol 38, 1964, pp. 201-216. - ""Over a fine linen shift [later discovered to be wool, btw], she wore a tunic of violet silk which just covered her knees, and was pulled in at the hips by a gilded openwork leather girdle whose ends probably hung down to the calves and were finished off with the large silver strap-tongues with boar- and bird-head ornaments." (Link to purchase article)
_Les Tresors Merovingiens de la Basilique De Saint-Denis_, by Michel Fleury and Albert France-Lanord
"La fouille en laboratoire: méthodes et résultats," Dossiers de l'Archéologie 32 (1979), pp. 69-91. (Technical analysis of the leatherwork and references to the fittings and metalwork of Tomb 49.).
Martin, Max 1991: "Zur frühmittelalterlichen Gürteltracht der Frau in der Burgundia, Francia und Aquitania." In: _L'art des invasions en Hongrie et en Wallonie. Actes du colloque tenu au Musee royal de Mariemont du 9 au 11 avril 1979_. pp. 31-84.Laporte, J-P, Boyer, R. 1991. _Tresors de Chelles: Sepultures et Reliques de la Reine Bathilde et de
L'Abbesse Bertille._ (Societe Archeologique st Historique les amis du musee: Ville de Chelles.) (Probably source for this picture of Bathilde's funeral garments) (Information on Bathilde's garments and burial.)
Patrick Périn et al. 2008 Le costume d'Arégonde revisité. _Histoire et images Médiévales_ 20. (This issue of the magazine is sold out, no back copies available)
PERIN (Patrick), "La datation de la tombe d'Arégonde, épouse de Clotaire Ier, découverte en 1959 dans la basilique de Saint-Denis" in Archéologie médiévale, 1991, 21, pp. 21-50.
LA RECONSTITUTION DU COSTUME D'ARÉGONDE NOUVELLES PROPOSITIONS, PERIN Patrick ; BAYARD Didier (Editor) ; NICE Alain (Editor) ; Journées Internationales d'Archéologie Mérovingiennes, 29, Marle (Aisne), FRA, 2008-09-26; in French, order here.