The Flowerpot and Butterfly Hennin C.1470 - 1485
During the year of 1470, a new style Hennin came to be fashionable. This
was the "Flowerpot Hennin." It consisted
of cap of cone construction, very much like the Steeple Hennin, of the
previous fashion but "Truncated," cut off half way down.
Hair was starting to be visible around the forehead, so it would have
been drawn quite loosely away from the forehead, into a bun at the back of
the head. The
Flowerpot Hennin" was placed over
this and worn at a 45° angle at the back of the head. Women of lower rank
kept to the styles of headdresses from the previous reign.
From this shorter variety of Hennin, another decorative style appeared at
the same time and was very popular at Court. This was the
Wires or canes came out of the back of the Hennin and were used to support
fantastically arranged veils in ´V´ shapes. During the time of
Edward V and Richard III this style of headdress was the most fashionable
form to wear. Examples of this style of
can be seen on many brasses in various churches throughout England.
A Lady from the Clopton Family (1480), Melford Church, Suffolk and Lady Say
(1473), Broxbourne Church, Herts are just two of them.
Both "Hennins" would have been covered
in brilliantly coloured silks, velvets and "other costly stuff" (gold and
silver tissue) aswell as being richly and heavily embroidered. Very
transparent rectangular veils, measuring approx. 71"x 15", would have
been "Richly" hemmed and hung over the wires the back of the "Hennin."
Merchant and middle class women would have echoed the styles worn by the
upper classes and the elderly would have continued to wear the
"Heart Shaped Hennin"
or the "Horned Headdress"
with a wimple, as the "Hennin" was for "Smart young things."
Elizabeth Woodville Style Hennin
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