(from the article `dress`) ...proves not only that she does not work but also that her husband or father can afford to hire servants to work for her. Men have worn their share ... By 1364 the houppelande gown had been invented, which did conceal the human figure better, but by 1400 the church was complaining about the excessive ... [...
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A houppelande or houpelande is an outer garment, with a long, full body and flaring sleeves, that was worn by both men and women in Europe in the late Middle Ages. Sometimes the houppelande was lined with fur. The garment was later worn by professional classes, and has remained in Western civilization as the familiar academic and legal robes of to...
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