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.
|Original Portrait by Van Dyck|
- 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.