[hoop-lahnd, -land]

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 Medieval period. 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 today.

The houppelande appeared around 1380 and was to remain fashionable well into the next century. The edges of the houppelande were often dagged, or cut into decorative scallops.

See also



  • Ribiero, Aileen, Dress and Morality, Batsford, 1986, reprinted Berg, 2003, ISBN 1-8597-3782-X
  • Laver, James: The Concise History of Costume and Fashion, Abrams, 1979.

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