Design Histories

Modern Gugel

The gugel, a type of cape with a hood, was a garment worn during the medieval period, by both men and women. It was a functional garment but became more elaborate when the nobility began to wear it.  Decorative edgings were created by cutting or slashing the fabric, known as dagging. The ‘tail’ of the hood, known as a liripipe, became elongated, hanging down the wearer’s back, sometimes almost reaching the floor and becoming a source of ridicule (fashion mistakes are nothing new!).

While gugels are commonly reproduced for re-enactments, we have re-imagined how the garment could have a practical, modern use. In the medieval period, garments were made from sheep’s wool woven into cloth. Textiles were costly, so garments were repaired many times. This modern version of a gugel is made from old outdoor jackets and textile remnants. It is quilted for warmth and protection when carrying heavy items.  The pockets are designed to hold a carpenter’s essential tools; which are not that different to those used in the medieval period.

Materials: Made from old jackets and textile remnants

Designers: Anthony Forsyth, Fiona Kitchman & Gary Martin

Design Histories Working Group