Historical costumes of England: from the eleventh to the by Nancy Margetts Bradfield

By Nancy Margetts Bradfield

Along with recording the most alterations in type over 900 years, the ebook supplies info of colours and textiles utilized in every one interval

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The lirapipe of the chaperon remained for a few years, being sometimes attached to the brim of the beaver hat (Figs. 1, 3). Colours are shown on the women's page of this reign, p. 61. Colours 59 E D W A R D IV (1461-83) Women's Fashions T HE new 'butterfly' headdress was the latest fashion for women (Plate III). The gown with the tiny bodice, high waist, and full skirt was hardly altered; but the tight sleeves were now so long that they almost covered the hand. Though the high waist was more general, gowns with a low waist were sometimes seen (Fig.

The sleeves of the houppelande became so wide that they sometimes touched the Sleeves ground (Fig. 3). The gown was frequently fur-lined or trimmed (Plate II). The long fitting cote-hardie was seen for a few years (Figs. 1, 4), and the sleeves Cote-hardie remained as before, covering the hand to the knuckles; sometimes long, graceful streamers hung to the ground from small, padded shoulder-pieces (Fig. 4). Velvet was used by noblewomen, also fine, elaborately brocaded silks and velvets Velvet from the Continent (Plate II); and silks, satin, and fine cloths of wool, also thick woollen Brocades cloths (frieze), and russets were used.

It was worn with the barbette—the linen band that was wound round the head and under the chin (see p. 24, Fig. 5). Purses drawn together with cords at the top hung from the girdle (Fig. 5); they were easily cut away by thieves; hence the term 'cutpursc' used in medieval times. Small round hats were occasionally worn by w o m e n when travelling (Fig. 4). Scarlet and purple for nobles, green, watchet (light greenish blue), and murrey (deep purple-red) were very fashionable among all classes; red, tawny, red-browns, and greys were still worn.

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