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Early English Costume

1: Women's Fashion from the Time of William the Conqueror

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• Introduction
Woman's Costume of the Time of William the First
Woman's Costume in the Time of William the Second
Woman's Costume in the Time of Henry the First
Child's Costume of the Time of Henry the First
Woman's Costume in the Time of Stephen
Woman's Costume in the Time of Henry the Second
Woman's Costume in the Time of Richard the First
Woman's Costume in the Time of John
Woman's Costume in the Time of Henry the First

Woman in the Time of William the Conqueror
Image © 2000-2002
Jone Johnson Lewis

What did the clothing of a medieval English woman look like? Here's one author's presentation of typical clothing of noblewomen in early England, after the time of William the First.

As you follow these pages through each English reign, you can click on the small color images to see the costume in a much larger image.

Source: Calthrop, Dion Clayton. English Costume: I. Early English. London, 1906. I have excerpted those parts of the book which relate to women's and girls' clothing.

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Suggested Reading:

• English Women's History
• Fashion History
• Medieval Women
Index to Etexts on Women's History
• Medieval History

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