She Wears Her Faith as the Fashion of Her Hat: The Role of Politics in Tudor Fashion 1487-1537- Lillian Hutchinson

For the well-dressed Tudor, the choice of what to wear carried layers of economic, social, and religious implications. While a court lady in the Tudor era may have had less variety in her wardrobe and fewer choices of color, fabric, and style, than a modern woman, what she wore each day represented a statement about her family, wealth, and even her religious and political leanings. For women of the Tudor court, fashion was political.

The French hood, brought into fashion by Anne Boleyn, represented a departure from the earlier English gabled hood and came to represent both Anne Boleyn’s political faction at court, as well as possible affiliation with the growing Protestant movement. In contrast, the English gabled hood came to be seen as the choice of the more conservative faction at court, and was prominently adopted by Jane Seymour, Anne’s successor as queen.

For this project, I chose to recreate both the English gabled hood and the French hood. Each hood is hand stitched of buckram, satin, silk, and velvet. The patterns are based on those published in The Tudor Tailor by Ninya Mikhalia and Jane Malcolm-Davies.

18 thoughts on “She Wears Her Faith as the Fashion of Her Hat: The Role of Politics in Tudor Fashion 1487-1537- Lillian Hutchinson

  1. I love these hats! I have never tried making ones in these styles but they look so gorgeous, thank you for sharing!

  2. These hats are gorgeous! Just what I planned to wear before I changed my persona from English to Italian. Now I wish I had stuck with English just for the hats!

  3. Excellent work. No lady would be seen without a proper head covering. You’ve captured these beautifully.

  4. I love seeing the detail on both and you also seem comfortable in them as well, making it clothing rather than a costume. Well done!

  5. These are beautiful, well done! I am always excited to see the places where fashion and politics intersect.

  6. The hats are really lovely. I am especially taken by how your writing transported me to the Tudor Court and deciding on a faction to join. Brava!

  7. Those are lovely!!! I’d love to hear more about what materials you used to give support and structure to these – I tried making one of the Tudor Tailor French hoods a few years ago and the support wasn’t quite, well, supportive enough. Well done!

  8. These are both lovely! It’s fascinating to learn more of the history & politics surrounding the different styles, too — thank you for sharing!

  9. Learn something new everyday! I had no idea that hats could make such strong political statements!
    These are both gorgeous!
    Well done!!

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