period: Yolande D’Aragon

Yolande D’Aragon

Yolande of Aragon (1384–1442) was a daughter of King John I of Aragon and his wife Yolande of Bar. In the Hundred Years’ War, Yolande supported the claim of her son-in-law, the Dauphin Charles.

As Charles’ mother, Isabeau of Bavaria, worked against his claims Yolande was the person who kept the adolescent Charles alive; it was largely through her resources and support that the Dauphin was crowned Charles VII of France.

She was an early and strong supporter of Joan of Arc, at a time when others had doubts; indeed Yolande may well have orchestrated Joan’s appearance on the scene – she certainly was no stranger to the art of realpolitik.

The movies

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999): Faye Dunaway played a shrewd and manipulative Yolande, wearing a very distinctive look. Kuno Schlegelmilch was special effects hair stylist supervisor & special effects makeup artist: Magali Ceyrat and Marianne Collette were the key makeup artists. Faye commented: ‘We saw the high forehead idea in paintings, this incredibly elegant, very high forehead.’ In one interview she actually claimed not to remember whether or not she had shaved her head to achieve the effect (Duh!) – as you can see here the effect was achieved by fitting a wig that raised her hairline.

Jeanne la Pucelle I: Les batailles (1994): Featuring Martine Pascal as Yolande. Coming soon…