New! Late 15th Century Houppelande/ Gown
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- Based on contemporary artwork
- Made of 100% Linen
- Available in striking combinations either solid or with contrast collar and belt and cuffs
- Split sleeve and straight sleeve options
- No visible machine stitching
- All interior seams finished
- Comes with a contrast belt that is pinned in place to fit you exactly
- Flattering and authentic fit with a neckline that can be worn 3 ways!
- Two Sizes fits most and flatters any figure! Sizes 2/3 and 4/5
- Also see our Early 15th century Linen and Brocade Houppelandes
- Price: Linen $299.95
Our Linen Houppelande in Dark Green
About our Women's 15th Century Houppelande
“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 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 houppelande in natural brocade, in a dazzling array of jewel tones. With its deep neckline, wearing the houppelande over our simple, white, linen underdress protects milady's modesty, and gives the ensemble its finished look. We specifically designed the neck to be worn in 3 different styles (as shown below) either with collar folded down and flared out to show off your underdress and collar bones, with the collar stood up to its for height for an elegant silhouette suited to court dress or modestly pinned closed at the neck for yet a third look.
Our newest version of this gown is made in rich jewel tones with a contrasting belt and facing whose color shows when the collar is worn folded down. We designed this version to be unlined for the hot summer months out of cool linen that will keep you comfortable and looking regal all at once. A perfect garment to personalize by embroidering or block printing for that perfect, Duc de Berry look!
When we completed the prototypes for this gown we were amazed how women from “waif” to “rubenesque” could don the same garment and be instantly transformed into a lady of station and grace. When you try on yours, you'll instantly see why this may be the most stunning gown we have ever produced!
Read more about the 15th century in our Pen of History article here!
Our Late 15th Century Linen Houppelande in dark green showing both straight sleeve and split sleeve options
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.
Linen colors: Blue, Dark Green, Burgundy, Gold, Black
Burgundy -a darker, rich red in the wine family
Gold -a bright natural gold
Dark Green -a rich forest green
Blue -a rich royal blue
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Note: In our women's clothes we've abandoned 'standard', modern sizing because it is far from standard, and tends to cause more confusion than provide accurate information. So, please judge your size by your bust measurements. For this gown we've given only the maximum bust size range because this style gives an extremely flexible and flattering fit - it really does fit and look great on most sizes. This style flares dramatically from the bust line so waist and hips measurements are not an issue with fit. Although it is made of yards of fabric with generous sizing the beautiful drape of the brocade and the matching belt allows for a flattering fit in your size. The belt is meant to be pinned at the center back to fit you exactly and then use the end of the belt to create a loose 'knightly knot' to cover the pinned portion. Our Houppelande runs long so that you can wear it in the authentic fashion of the period - trailing along the ground or hem it to your desired length.
From the Pen of History- The Tumultuous 15th Century