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Examples of Women's Clothing

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blue cotehardie blue & green cotehardie circle of dancers
1338-44, French.
From The Romance of Alexander; fol 172v
Blue patterned cotehardie with a red underdress. White tippets and fichets
1338-44, French.
From The Romance of Alexander; fol 172v
The green of the under cotehardie is revealed at the skirt and lower sleeves. The blue over cotehardie seems to have a red lining, and has white tippets. The tips of her black shoes show.
1338-44, French.
From The Romance of Alexander; fol 172v
The ladies have colorful dresses, all patterned except the center back whose cotehardie is parti-colored patterned and solid. Note the back view of the hair with the braids wrapping around. All have wide necklines.
3 ladies Queen Philippa of Hainault, wife of Edward III Catherine, countess of Warwick
1338-44, French.
From The Romance of Alexander; fol 80v
All: white coifs over their necks, ? belts, skirts short enough to see shoes. Left and middle: white veils over the hair. Middle and right: tippets, neither seem to be white
1367, English sculpture, French style.
Queen Philippa of Hainault, wife of Edward III.
This funerary effigy was made just before the Queen't death. The lady wears a tight cotehardie, not particulary flattering to her figure. Her headdress sits far in front of her temples. She has a thin hip belt that dips below her belly. Although this copy is dark and difficult to see, the cotehardie is laced (not buttoned) up the front.
1369 or 1370, English sculpture.
Catherine, countess of Warwick
Catherine wears a similar outfit to Queen Philippa, but it flatters her more slender figure. Her headdress is elaborate layers of veiling. Her bodice is tight to the hips, then flares. It is laced up the front, with buttons up the sleeves. The narrow hip belt has flower-shaped studs all around. The tips of her pointed shoes are just barely visible.
cotehardie with heavy hip belt blue cotehardie with long belt horseback riders
1346, Czech.
From Six treatises on common christian matters by Thoás Stítný; fol 37
Skintight cotehardie with high ermine tippets and border, buttoned front and a very heavy hip belt. The skirt is short enough to show her shoes. The tippets are placed in a very unusual position, and do seem to be purely decorative in nature (as opposed to turned back sleeves).
1338-44, French.
From the Romance of Alexander; fol 204r
This lady wears a blue cotehardie with a long black belt (SCA style!). A knife and a pouch (?) hang from her belt.
1338-44, French.
From the Romance of Alexander; fol 98r
These two ladies ride astride. Both have short-sleeved cotehardies over long-sleeved ones. The undergowns are the same color as the overgowns. Both have wide fichets revealing belts underneath. Both are buttoned up the front as well as the sleeves
dancers lady with apple decorated cotehardie
1338-44, French.
From the Romance of Alexander; fol 58r
Left: blue cotehardie, red sash at waist level. Right: blue cotehardie, pink sideless surcoat. Red sash visible under surcoat.
1338-44, French.
From the Romance of Alexander; fol 59r
Green short-sleeved cotehardie with tippets, lined with vair. Paler long-sleeved undercotehardie. She wears a red hood, with her head in the face.
1338-44, French.
From the Romance of Alexander; fol 98r
Red undercotehardie, patterned overcotehardie with tippets (lined with white)
dancers Italian style The secular Queen
c.1350, French.
From the Roman de la Rose
Left: blue cotehardie, pink hood lined with red worn with the head through the face. Gown short enough to see ankle. Right: scarlet short-sleeved gown with tippets over long-sleeved golden gown.
c. 1360, Italian.
Giovanni da Milano St. Catherine of Siena and Other Saints
The Italian necklines shown here are more square. All of the saints wear heavy, jewelled belts. The saint on the far right (in peach) shows a rare example of a dagged hem on a woman's dress.
c. 1370, French.
From the Le Songe du Verger; fol 1v
The queen wears a long sleeved blue cotehardie with goblet cuffs. Her pink sideless surcoat has square cutouts, and a white fur plackard. She wears a gold belt with red stones. The tip of her black shoe protrudes.
collection of ladies 2 ladies Two ladies
1338-44, French.
From the Romance of Alexander; fol 138r
Left to right: 1) dark blue long-sleeved undergown, buttoned sleeves. Paler blue short-sleeved overgown with fichets and tippets. 2) Blue long-sleeved undergown, red sideless surcoat with buttons up the front. 3) Another blue undergown, red short-sleeved cotehardie lined with yellow, tippets also lined with yellow. Buttoned down front, heavy veil on head. 4) dark blue undergown, pink short-sleeved overgown with tippets, also buttoned down front.
1338-44, French.
From the Romance of Alexander; fol 121r
Left: dark blue or gray long-sleeved undergown with laced-up sleeves, pale blue short-sleeved gown with tippets. Right: long-sleeved blue undergown with buttoned sleeves, pink and gold parti-colored overgown with tippets.
c.1350, French.
From the Roman de la Rose; fol 50
Left: red long-sleeved undergown, short-sleeved blue overgown with tippets, long black "SCA style" belt. Right: pink long-sleeved undergown, red sideless surcoat with very narrow cutouts. She wears an unbuttoned hood on her head.
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