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Dresses of 1520 England/France/etc. Time of the Tudor dynasty and Henry VIII.

-Cuffed sleeves, often linen with fur (it was a cold period)
-The inner sleeves often showed the smock/chemise
-Dark colors (no pastels like in "The other Boleyn girl")
-Several types of headdresses (here French hoods)
-Square necklines and waistlines at natural waist
-Front of the kirtle was stiffened to achieve the flat front look

Dresses were usually closed in the front, with a panel pinned to the front, covering the closure.

*** I read some work about French hoods and the white band (read those two, it's really interesting: hathawaysofhaworth.wordpress.c… and…) and I decided to update the picture. In short, the authors postulate that the French hood wasn't a single item that stood on the top of the head but rather a layered structure of a coif, caps and veils and it laid flat on the head. It makes sense to me, because it gives a wearer much more freedom: she can change the fabrics, she can add more jewels or remove it completely and she can wash the organza without destroing the whole headdress. ***
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JamiesFanGirl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Professional Writer
If I remember correctly, the French hood became popular when Anne Boleyn brought it over from Francis's court, yes?

Before that, I believe they were wearing gabled hoods, like Catalina de Aragon.
Tadarida Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Actually, there were French hoods before Anne Boleyn :) Look at this portrait of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon from 1515:…
voirlagloire Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's actually debate as to whether that portrait is contemporary to their wedding, as it seems possible that it was painted after Mary Tudor's death, given that her clothing is generally more inline with 30s fashions. Though I agree, there were French hoods in England before Anne! (Whether she popularized them is another issue!)
fearless-frog Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this type of dress :)
Tadarida Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
so do I :D
fearless-frog Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:) (Smile) 
Violeta-de-Panteon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Very nice smudge and colors XD
Madame-Finitevus1890 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Wow, that looks great! :D Epic, even- I love the details!
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