Renaissance fashions were characterized with a new scale of opulence and extravagance never reached in the Middle Ages. Clothing played an important social role in Renaissance society, as people displayed their wealth by wearing expensive imported fabrics and rich textiles . Italian ,French and Germanic fashions were the center of all attention. Because the Renaissance era encompasses approximately 200 years of history, its fashions changed dramatically from beginning to end.
Until around 1500 women always wore a hat or something on the head. From that date it appeared that women often wore nothing on the head at all.
a very simple hat in breaded silk painted in Florence in 1423 by Gentlile da Fabriano (1370-1427) . Fabriano is known for being one of the main painter of the Gothic style
This hat was painted in 1465 by Dominico Veneziano (1410-1461), a pupil of Fabriano .
"What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting."
In that painting by Caravaggio ( The Fortune Teller, Le Louvre) is the exuberance and style sophistication that influenced so much the hats of the end of the 18th century.
Louise de Rieux By Corneille de Lyon (1500-1575).
An example of the renaissance Italian "cuffia".
A very elegant renaissance coif by Bronzino
"Nihil novi sub cielo" The French renaissance style was so much influenced by Italy: the french "beret" looks like very italian.
This extravagant hat looks like the oriental way. Painted by Ferrari Gaudenzio (1480-1546), one of the leading representative of the Lombard school.
Charles IX (1550-1574) King of France by Clouet. The religion wars darkened the French Renaissance.The style is more stern and rigorous
An evolution of the "Ghirlanda" in beautiful portrait of Saint Cecilia in the mannerist style by Domenichino (1581-1641) . The Ghirlanda was a kind of headdress decorated with silk, trims (here in gold threads), pearls.
Green bronze Velvet, golden braid, pearls and silk veil . Painted by Bronzino ( 1503-1575) in Florence Italy
In a very 19th c. style this hat was painted by Luca Cambiaso (1527-1585)
Lucrecia by Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1556).
Princesse de Cleves by Maitre AC