Picture Library - Ladies' Dress

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Ladies' Dress

The earliest brasses of women show them wearing long loose-fitting gowns, often revealing the buttoned close-fitting sleeves of an under gown, as at Trotton and Wimbish. By the late 14th century gowns became very close fitting, while the slits of the sleeveless over gown had become deep and broad, as shown by Elizabeth Cobham's brass, though a loose all-enveloping gown with a deep belt was sometimes worn as an alternative, as at Great Shelford. Close-fitting gowns, with deep V-necks like that worn by Elizabeth Seyntmour, remained in fashion during the later 15th century. Skirts became increasingly full and by the early 16th century gowns also featured wide square necks and fur collars and cuffs, like on Elizabeth Bruges' brass. From the later 16th century, the skirts were open to reveal a richly patterned underskirt, exemplified at Thornbury and Redgrave. Initially women are shown with their head covered by simple veils, but from the mid 14th century the head-dresses became increasingly elaborate. Styles shown include nebulée (Lingfield), horned (South Petherton), butterfly (Beckington), pedimental (Deerhurst) and French hood (Thornbury) head-dresses.

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Margaret de Camoys, c 1315, Trotton, Sussex


Dame Ellen Wautone, 1347, Wimbish, Essex


Elizabeth wife of 2nd Lord Cobham, c 1380, Lingfield, Surrey


Lady Claricia de Frevile, 1410, Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire


Lady Joan Darcy, c1445, South Petherton, Somerset


Elizabeth Seyntmour, 1475, Beckington, Somerset


Elizabeth Bruges, c1525, Deerhurst, Gloucestershire


Avice Brodie, 1571, Thornbury, Gloucestershire


Anne Butts, 1609, Redgrave, Sussex





Margaret de Camoys



Margaret de Camoys, c 1315,

Trotton, Sussex







Dame Ellen Wautone



Dame Ellen Wautone, 1347,

Wimbish, Essex







Elizabeth wife of 2nd Lord Cobham



Elizabeth wife of 2nd Lord Cobham, c 1380,

Lingfield, Surrey







Elizabeth Seyntmour



Lady Claricia de Frevile, 1410,

Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire







Lady Joan Darcy



Lady Joan Darcy, c1445,

South Petherton, Somerset







Elizabeth Seyntmour



Elizabeth Seyntmaur, 1475,

Beckington, Somerset







Elizabeth Bruges



Elizabeth Bruges, c1525,

Deerhurst, Gloucestershire


 





Avice Brodie



Avice Brodie, 1571,

Thornbury, Gloucestershire







Anne Butts



Anne Butts, 1609,

Redgrave, Sussex


 


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