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Henrietta Maria's Hat




This hat was part of the costume for Henrietta Maria I made, taken from a portrait by Van Dyck in 1633. The hat was blocked from a wool felt capeline - I would have liked to use a fur felt, but unfortunately there weren't any I could find in a large enough size within the budget. I made a buckram block for it, and steam blocked it. The brim is wired, and the front and back of the brim are cocked, by steaming. It is trimmed with a bias cut strip of matching fabric for the dress, and a matching rosette of wire edged ribbon as well as the potassium dyed ostrich feather.

Henrietta Maria



Original Portrait by Van Dyck
This project was recreating an outfit worn by Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, from a Van Dyck portrait from 1633. The full costume consists of:

  • corset
  • biscuit pad (to support the back of the skirt)
  • 2 shaped and pleated petticoats, one with pintucks and a frill, one plain
  • cartridge pleated skirt with train, made of hand slashed satin
  • tabbed bodice made of hand slashed satin, with lace edged cuffs
  • gold organza fichu, hand painted and dyed 
  • lace collar and partlet, printed onto organza from a screen I designed
  • felt hat from a wool felt capeline, with hand dyed ostrich feather (see millinery tab for further detail about the hat)
  • braided shoes
This costume will be part of a parade at the Queens Gallery, for their exhibition of Tudor and Stuart portraits in May, so better photographs will be available then.