Florentine Cap

April 2019

A small hanky linen cap intended to approximate the look of those worn by 1490’s Florentine ladies. The band seen on this Ghirlandaio (below left) seems to end half way around the cap. But it was simpler for me to make a full bias-cut band. The cap is large enough to be worn over my own hair plus a fake braid to help fill it out. It stays on surprisingly well, even without any pins or combs. Instructions can be found here, at the Elizabethan Costume Page.

Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1490: detail from Portrait of a Lady
Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts
Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1485: A Young Woman
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art