Ladies Houppelande

This style appeared in the 1380’s in Europe and was popular well into the 1400’s. The houppelande is really an outer garment that was worn by both men and women. It survives to this day in the form of academic robes and church vestments. It could be long or short (knee length) for men.
Houpplelandes often had very long sleeves and dagged hemlines. The fullness could be caught in with a belt, but the waistline was high, about halfway between the underbust and the true waistline. For noble ladies these gowns were often very long and were worn held up in front of them as it was very fashionable during this time to look pregnant.
The headdress is a wimple made from purple taffeta and jacquard ribbon with a gold organza veil (shown on Millinery Page).