35 thoughts on “Top 5 Wimples in Cinema History

  1. Hepburn’s had more to do with her wanting to cover her old-age turkey neck—she appeared almost exclusively in turtlenecks in more contemporary films—than historical accuracy. However, I worship The Lion in Winter and wish you’d do a feature on the whole film.

    1. As someone with a weak chin, I cannot blame her. Wimples are the greatest thing ever.

    2. Lion in Winter is SUCH a great movie! I’ve watched it a million times, & it never gets old. But it’s also one of those historical movies where it’s wonderful as a film but pretty ‘meh’ as a costume flick — there’s not a lot to say about the costumes themselves. So it’s hard to figure out a good angle for writing about it. Could happen, but takes some inspiration.

    3. That is rather funny. Because I’ve read several accounts that state Eleanor of Aquatine brought the babette and filette into fashion as a way to hide her own sagging neckline.

  2. Robin Hood (1991) starring Patrick Bergin is one of my favorite garb flicks. Uma Thurman rocks a mean wimple in that film.

    1. Just rewatched that one. Great wimples. Really pretty good costuming all around in it.

  3. Google ‘Vision, das Leben der Hildegard von Bingen’
    The headwear is inaccurate for the period, but would be good about 250-300 years later :-)

    1. Sally Field’s wimple was designed so she could fly. The reality is as my mother pointed out the tips of the wimple would have pointed up towards god not down to the devil.

  4. What about the Anglican nuns in Call the Midwife? They were an abbreviated one, don’t they?
    I’m trying not to think of Sister Bertrille (Sally in Flying Nun) *snorts*

    1. I love Call the Midwife, and their wimples. I commented on The Flying Nun wimple above.

  5. While the movie made me cringe, I loved the wimples that Eileen Atkins as Eleanor wore in the 2010 Russell Crowe Robin Hood. They were just lovely. While this is not a “Frock Flick”, the wimple that Ruth Goodman wears in Tudor Monastery Farm. It apes the look of a gabled hood but is just lovely around the face. I am going to *attempt* this look at Pennsic War this year.

  6. Darling Sophie Marceau in quasi-medieval frocks–the only really enjoyable aspect of “Braveheart.” (Apart from Patrick McGoohan and his snarl.).

  7. “The wimple was the most becoming wear ever invented for women.” – “In This House of Brede” by Rumer Godden.

    I think this post is focusing on wimples worn in non-religious garb. Religious habits can be the topic of many separate posts. I used to run a blog dedicated entirely to that subject; it hasn’t been updated for many years, but you can check it out at http://www.canticleofchiara.blogspot.com

    Two films covering the life of St. Francis (“Brother Sun, Sister Moon,” from 1977 and “Francis of Assisi” from 1963) feature St. Clare wearing wimples prior to her becoming a nun. Neither movie is by any means accurate, but might be interesting to at least watch.

    1. Exactly. This post is only on non-religious examples of wilples. I thought about addressing nuns but that is such a deep rabbit hole that I decided to just keep it in the historical secular world to make my life easier!

      Thanks for the link to your website. I’ll definitely check it out!

  8. Didn’t wimples show up in Pillars of the Earth? Seem to remember the evil lady with scar wearing one. Also Alison Pill’s Empress Matilda wears a terrific one.

    1. I don’t remember Alison Pill wearing one, but I could be mistaken. I just watched the series a month or two ago, but my memory sucks. And yeah, Lady Reagan’s wimple, and the quasi-wimple thing that Aliena wears for her wedding (I think?) would also qualify, but neither of them really spoke to me enough to include here.

  9. Re: the comment on the 20 year-old Elizabeth Taylor in a wimple. I wore one at a village event a couple of years back and discovered that they are great for giving a (then) 62 year-old lady an easy face lift. Actually had a couple of the older gentlemen getting quite gallant!

  10. “El CID”‘s Sophia Loren–stunning in a bias-cut wimple. Why I always encourage ladies to bias-fold a circle to hug the neck and chin.

  11. Call me old school, but I thought Olivia de Havilland had the most amazing wimples in The Adventures of Robin Hood. All that lovely but inaccurate chiffon floating about her face! It was actually a huge disappointment to me during that scene when Flynn visits her at night and she just has a braid.

  12. I wish you had included Maid Marian’s wimples from Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood – there is only a single scene where she isn’t wearing one. They’re all lovely!

  13. I first noted the wimple in the 2003 movie ” The Girl With a Pearl Earring ” , with Scarlett Johansson – ( the wimple or lack of it had something to do with the painting by Dutch master Johann Vermeers famous painting ) .

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