Doublet, early 15th century

The early years of the 15th C. fall into the no-man’s land between Crecy and the Wars of the Roses.  Stylistically distinct from either, this doublet draws on images of the period to represent the years 1415-1440, and is a perfect foundation for gowns and other overgarments.

Cut with a slightly raised waist, long fitted peplum, and full chest, the peplum is laced closed, drawing it close to the body and yielding the “lightbulb” shape typical to the period. The chest closes with pairs of points. The body is balanced by sleeves cut generously through the elbow, yet tapers elegantly to fit the lower arm, where the wrist closes with small buttons. May be worn with split or full hose which attach to the doublet with points.

Exemplars of this style may be found in Le Livre du Chausse (BnF Français 616, 1407) and Fiore del Libere (1410),  with other excellent examples found in Bocaccio's Decameron (Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal, Paris, Ms. 5070) and Froissart's 'Chroniques' (MS Fr. 2642, c1410-15) A detailed pen and ink study by Antonio Pisanello of a man wearing this style of doublet can be found in the National Galleries of Scotland (Acc. No. D 722, 1434 - 1438, detail at right)

Available in wool or linen, fully lined in our signature oatmeal linen.

Please indicate your colour preference by listing your top 3 choices in order of preference in the Order Comments section of the order form.  When your order is processed we will respond with a list of what is currently available in your preferred fabric and colour range.

IMPORTANT- This is a close fitting garment and sizing is important. To assure correct fit, be sure to take your body measurements (chest and waist) with a tape measure before placing your order. Order the size closest to your measurements, and include your actual measurements in the Comments section of the order form.  Each doublet is made up as ordered, and custom tailoring is included in the price.  Please order carefully, as this garment is not returnable.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 19 January, 2009.