|Pink Shirt was centre place in this|
Jermyn Street shop window in 2012
Malvolio is tricked into wearing yellow stocking and cross gartering which he thinks will help him climb further up the social ladder – but these are fashions that the lady Olivia actually hates.
Indeed there a records of Shakespeare's Uncle being fined for refusing to wear his cap. This was probably as much to do with a protest against the enclosure of farmland as a revolt against wearing the cap.
In 1597, for example, Queen Elizabeth issued a proclamation ordering people of lower social orders not to wear various kinds of clothing or trim limited to those above their social station. This was a way of visibly creating, or reinforcing, social divisions.
Such laws were meant to ensure that when you walked down the street you knew who was your social superior and who your inferior.
|Statute Cap Typical woolen had that the Groundlings |
at the Globe might have worn
The cap is the only sumptuary law we know in which the government said you are going to wear this on Sundays and holidays – and obviously not everybody liked that.
Such a cap was displayed at the BP sponsored Shakespeare Staging the world exhibition at the British Museum this summer part of the Culture Olympics .
|Old 20th Century advertsing poster and slogan to promote hats|
|Christmas 2012 Window of Bates of Jemyn Street|
Can you identify the Homburg, Bruand, Faena,
Gatsby, Tall Top Hat, Jermyn, Poet and Bowler?
N.B. Remember who commissioned the research and avoid yellow stocking cross gartered.