The "French hood" is the English term for the type of ladies' headwear which is strongly associated with court life at the time of Catherine de Medici in France and Henry VIII in England.
In Volume 14 of Medieval Clothing and Textiles you will find the results of my studies into this iconic headwear as worn in France end England respectively from the first variant is formed about 1514 and until the last variant dies out close to the end of the century.
The paper gives a new interpretation of this type of headwear based on close studies of different kinds of portrayal. As a big part of the headwear would be made from light absorbing, black fabric it is very difficult to deduce the components and the construction of the hood in a painted portrait; hence the title "Hidden in Plain Black: The Secrets of the French Hood". Preperatory drawings, however, provided the key to my interpretation of folds, edges and layers.
My studies resulted in a series of new theories:
Karen Margrethe Høskuldsson