Hear from Jeffrey D. Wasson, the armorer who crafted the Art Institute’s historically accurate replica of the Greenwich armor. Usage terms Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2016 / Bridgeman Images. The Golden Age of English culture under the reign of Elizabeth the First, for which it was obviously named. Men’s hats varied from small flat hats made from velvet or silk, to tall crown hats, covered by fine fabric or feathers.
Hair nets—called Cauls, were decorated with jewels and gold trim and were popular accessories while hairpins, combs, and even enhanced their appearance . If you couldn’t afford a farthingale, a ‘bum roll’ tied round your waist under the skirt would do almost as well. Pumpkinhose, cannions, and roundhouses served a similar purpose on men ; this was the age of huge hips and the hoop. Men generally kept their hair at shoulder length, sometimes curled with hot irons into “love locks” . This was also the era of the Fool’s Cap, adorned by horns and bells and trademarked by jesters. Copotains—high, inverted-bell hats were popular, and the brims were turned up to be attached to the crowns with jeweled broaches. The fashionable Elizabethan could opt for short ‘hose’ (breeches), at groin level: or longer ones covering his thighs, or even down to knee level. The bottom portion of the dress became a separate piece altogether: heavily embroidered and padded with bombast to the point where they ballooned outwards thanks to additions like the French Farthingale . Usage terms NPG L114
To request an accessibility accommodation for this or any Art Institute program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as far in advance as possible. The Medieval Feudal System was declining during the start of Elizabeth's rule but knights still fought as soldiers in the Elizabethan armies but the title of "Knight" was becoming more and more about prestige than anything. Who was allowed to wear what was supposed to be strictly controlled. Men’s shoes had far greater variety:
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Private collection; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London. This edict, from 1574, details the colours and fabrics people could wear according to their social rank.
A knight’s eldest son could wear velvet doublets and hose, but his younger brothers couldn’t. Only earls could wear cloth of gold, or purple silk. Queen Elizabeth in a lavish gown with ruff and jewellery.
This was the time of the English Renaissance, of Shakespeare and Elizabethan Theatre.
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