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15th century Brocade Henin

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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • Made in rich brocade and lined in cotton
  • Hand made using buckram hat form
  • No visible machine stitching
  • One size fits most - fits heads sizes
  • Available in Burgundy, Gold, Sage Green and Dark Blue to coordinate with our Brocade Houppelande
  • Price: $99.95


About our Women's 15th century Henin 


“My Lady, please, you must cover your hair!”

“Oh, Isabeau, you fussy old nursemaid, there is a veil attached to my hennin.”

“Yes, and it covers nothing at all! Your hair streams forth like a river. It is shameful.”

“Oh pish! Do you want me to look like a shriveled old frump? This is a tournament in honor of His Grace's nameday. All the great of Burgundy will be there! It is shameful if I do not catch their eyes!” Indeed, the entire Order of the Golden Fleece will be gathered, along with the many young knights and squires who hope to gain its notice through their feats of arms. But most importantly, and secretly, it is the eye of one young squire in particular that is of concern….

“Then at least pin shut your collar with a brooch. You wish to look a lady, not a strumpet!”

“And this is the fashion of a lady; did not Franz say so when he returned from Milan? Would a strumpet of a belt with a silver buckle fastened beneath her bosom?” Then again, fingering that silly Englishman's carnelian pin, wouldn't it be wise to let a certain Burgundian squire know he'd best not take things for granted? “All right, Isabeau, I see your point. Perhaps a brooch would be more appropriate…”

As a society in transition, the 15th century was if nothing else, a dramatic era, and this is reflected in its fashions. In the waning decades of the 14th century, a new style evolved as a direct contrast to the sleek, fitted women's cotehardie. This sumptuous gown was the houppelande, and in any ways represented the perfect marriage of three centuries of women's fashion. In this one garment, the voluminous, “angel-wing” sleeves of the 12th century combined with the loose body of the 13th, and the deep necklines of the 14th.Combined with a high-collar, full-train, an underdress, and a tall hat, or hennin, the end result was a stunningly elegant gown that is associated with the "fair damsel" to this day.

The houppelande and the accompanying henin continued to evolve throughout the 1400s, and we have chosen to reproduce a style that would have fashionable amongst courtiers and wealthy burghers throughout the second and third quarters of the 15th century. Based on primarily northern Italian and Burgundian sources, the two great fashion centers of the period, this style had a broad, international appeal, and can be found throughout England, France and the Holy Roman Empire. In honor of the garment's inherent elegance and sumptuousness, we are introducing our henin in natural brocade, in a dazzling array of jewel tones.


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3 views of our Brocade Henin worn with a Silk Organza Veil, Brocade Houppelande and Linen Underdress

Our Copper Tapestry Houppelande worn with a red Linen Kirtle, Brocade Henin and Silk Organza Veil

Side and Back views of our Henin

Our Henin and Houppelande in Dark Blue, Sage and Gold


Colors and Fabrics 


Note: Due to the difficulty of representing colors accurately on a variety of monitors we've included color descriptions along with our swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.


Brocade Colors: Burgundy, Gold, Sage, and Dark Blue


Burgundy -a darker, rich red in the wine family
Gold -a bright natural gold
Sage -a lighter green in the olive family
Dark Blue -a rich darker blue


Historical Inspirations 


Drawing from a book of hours of Charles the Bold, National Library in Vienna, Austria, circa 1477 From an engraving titled 'An Allegory of Love and Death in Florence, Italy circa 1465-70 Drawing after a detail from 15th century Flemish Tapestry in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, United States

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