Those who know me know that I am way into wimples these days. They cover so many issues, framing the face so prettily… It’s a wonder they ever went out of style. So, in honor of my current obsession, I thought I’d take a few minutes to honor some of the best wimples to have graced the big screen.
1. Hamlet – Queen Gertrude (Glenn Close)
You may roll your eyes at the Mel Gibson vanity piece that was Zeffirelli’s Hamlet (1990), but the costumes were FAB. Chief among them was this ensemble worn by Queen Gertrude during the coronation of her second husband, Hamlet’s murderous uncle Claudius. There’s not one thing that I dislike about this entire outfit, despite the fact that I can count at least three separate historical eras represented on her head alone.
2. A Lion in Winter – Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn)
It may be hard for others to pick a favorite Katharine Hepburn role, but for me it’s a no brainer. Snarky, elegant, sarcastic Eleanor of Aquitaine in A Lion in Winter is hands down my fave. The wimple she rocks for a large portion of the film is not exactly historically accurate, but who cares? If Kate’s wearing it, it’s all good.
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Zoot
We’ve already covered the (surprisingly good) costumes in the beloved farcical aquatic ceremony re-imagining of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail. Still, let’s focus on Zoot, the kinky chatelaine of Castle Anthrax, played by the unofficial seventh member of the Pythons, Carol Cleveland.
4. Braveheart – Princess Isabelle (Sophie Marceau)
Astonishingly, one of the only things that Braveheart got right was Sophie Marceau’s headgear as Princess Isabelle. You’d think with all the panné velvet and kilts, the last thing anyone involved in this movie would give a crap about was headgear, and yet, there they were: Wimples. Sophie Marceau proves that wimples aren’t just for old ladies and nuns — you can be young and hot and rock a wimple!
5. Ivanhoe – Rebecca (Elizabeth Taylor)
Got any other favorite films featuring wimples? Let ’em fly in the comments!