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Tudor Fashion: Men's Hats

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Transcript of Tudor Fashion: Men's Hats

Goff, Philip: University of London - Academic Dress
The University London Press, London 1999
ISBN 0-7187-1608-6

Men's Hats in the
Tudor Period

"The Elizabethan fashion dictated that the head was adorned with a hat. Hat brims were often turned up and fastened to the crown with a jewelled brooch or other ornament, as seen in the above picture of King Henry VIII. Hat bands using scarves made of expensive fabric, such as silk, were often used as a form of decoration. The materials used to make Tudor hats for men consisted of silk, velvet, taffeta and wool. All classes and ages wore feathers in their hats. Hats worn by rich Tudor men were expensively decorated with jewelled bands (called bilaments), brooches, badges and ribbons."
“On his head he wears a biretta, a soft, round, and wide hat. These could be decorated with jewels and feathers, as seen in this portrait."
“the brim, like the rim of a plate, is almost circular and measured about two and a half inches in width, and the crown, a disc, about eighteen inches in diameter. The edges of the latter were peated or gathered into the head opening of the brim, and when off the head it was possible to lay it down quite flat like a plate, hence its name ‘flat cap’. Velvet, beaver, or cloth were materials of which this cap was made and without any decoration, a single feather being exceptional.”
“The flat cap in its original aspect held its own for a comparatively short time; because it was a useful head-covering for ordinary wear it soon found its way on to the heads of the masses. For this reason the fashionable added expensive ornaments to the underside of the brim.”
“The flat cap was in very general use among the middle classes, both men and boys, during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary. It was made of velvet when worn by men of importance, and of cloth, knitted wool, or felt when worn by the commoner.”
Henry VIII
The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1533. In the collection of the National Gallery, London.
Princess Mary Tudor
Charles Brandon,
duke of Suffolk
c. 1516
Sir Henry Guildford
Tudor Costume and Fashion
Herbert Norris
Tudor Costume and Fashion
Herbert Norris
Tudor Costume and Fashion
Herbert Norris
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