14th Century Doublet Research Paper

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In the fourteenth century, clothes for both men and women took on new forms, and ‘fashion’ began to emerge. The old gipon, which was beginning to be called a doublet, was padded in the front to swell out the chest and was worn much shorter - so short that the moralists of the period deemed it indecent. Doublets of the 14th century were generally hip-length or shorter, worn over the shirt and hose, with a houppelande or other form of overgown. From the late 14th century onward, doublets were cut and padded to give the wearer an egg-shaped or pigeon-breasted silhouette, a fashion that gradually died out in favor of a flatter natural fit. It was worn exceedingly tight with buttons down the front and with a belt low over the hips. To the right…show more content…
It was a somewhat startling innovation, since previous ages had considered visible female hair to be immoral. Next, the crespine was worn by itself, or the hair was worn in vertical plaits on each side of the face. These were both really characteristic of the last quarter of the 14th century. Around the same time, the veil reappeared, but in a new form - the goffered veil or ‘nebula’ headdress, which was made of a half-circle of linen framing the face. Occasionally, it was made of several layers, and resembled the ruff, which will be talked about in the second half of the 16th century, but it was not worn around the neck, instead around the face. The fillet also took on a new shape and formed two hollow ornamental pillars through which the hair was drawn. The effect of this contrasted the rounded nebula headdress, as it was extremely square around the face, as if it was enclosed in a frame. Towards the end of the 14th century the cushion headdress also appeared, which was a kind of padded roll worn over a hairnet. The hair was coiled above each ear in tiny knobs known as ‘templers’. For the first third of the fifteenth century, this was occasionally pushed to an extreme the width of the two templers combined being twice that of the
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