The Female Costume

presents us with a new-fashioned head-dress. The high caps have disappeared, and the hair is entirely

confined in a cap or caul of gold net or embroidered stuffs, projecting horizontally from the back of the head, and covered by a kerchief of the finest texture, stiffened out, as in the previous reign, to resemble a pair of wings. Some of these kerchiefs are extremely large, and paned or chequered with gold ; others are simply transparent, and scarcely exceed the size of the caul. The gown remains as before, with turnover collars, and cuffs of fur or velvet. In state dresses the errnined jacket or waistcoat is still worn with a kirtle and mantle, and the hair Is permitted to fall in natural ringlets down the shoulders. Anne, the queen of Richard III., wore, the day before her coronation, a kirtle and mantle of white cloth of gold, trimmed with Venice gold, and furred with ermine—the mantle being additionally "garnished with seventy annulets of silver gilt and gylt." Her coronation robes, like her husband's, were composed—the first set of crimson velvet, furred with miniver ; and the second of purple velvet, furred with ermine ; her shoes being of crimson tissue cloth of gold.

Female costume, reign of Richard III. from an Illam. Royal MS. 16. F. 8.

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