Renaissance Fashion Essay

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Renaissance Fashion Information
Megan Baumgarten
April 26, 2014
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Charles VIII famous expedition starts the fashion culture in France.
End of the 15th Century: Men short and ornamental mantle, a broad-brimmed hat covered with feathers, and trunk hose, the ample dimensions of which earned for them the name of trousses.
End of 15th century: Women wore the bodies of their dresses closely fitting to the figure, embroidered, trimmed with lace, and covered with gilt ornaments; the sleeves were very large and open, and for the most part they still adhered to the heavy and ungraceful head-dress of Queen Anne of Brittany.
The principal characteristic of the Renaissance female dress was its fullness; men's, on the contrary, with the exception of the mantle or the upper garment, was usually tight and very scanty. (Copied and pasted from the article)
16th Century: May have been the start of what we wear now.
Men adopted clothes closely fitting to the body; overcoats with tight sleeves, felt hats with more or less wide brims, and closed shoes and boots.
Women also wore their dresses closely fitting to the figure, with tight sleeves, low-crowned hats, and richly-trimmed petticoats.
Hair was turned over in rolls, and adorned with precious stones, and was surmounted by a small cap, coquettishly placed either on one side or on the top of the head, and ornamented with gold chains, jewels, and feathers.
Skirts were tight at the waist and went out and open until they hit the ground, they also showed a under petticoat
Men had the same sort of idea, there trunk hose tight and around the waist puffed out.
They wore a cloak, which only reached as far as the hips, and was always much ornamented; they carried a smooth or ribbed cap on one side of the head, and a small upright collar adorned the coat.
The collar was replaced however by the high, starched ruff, which was kept out by wires; ladies wore it still larger, when it had somewhat the appearance of an open fan at the back of the neck.
In Italy, dress always maintained a certain character of grandeur, ever recalling the fact that the influence of antiquity was not quite lost.
Germany, Switzerland, and Holland garments had generally a heavy and massive appearance.
England uniformly studied a kind of instinctive elegance and propriety.
Spain invariably partook of the heaviness peculiar to Germany, either because the Gothic element still prevailed there, or that the Walloon fashions had a special attraction to her owing to associations and general usage.
France was fickle and capricious, fantastical and wavering, but not from indifference, but because she was always ready to borrow from every quarter anything which pleased her. She, however, never failed to put her own stamp on whatever she adopted, thus making any fashion essentially French, even though she had only just borrowed it from Spain, England, Germany, or Italy.
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Under Francis I., the Renaissance fashion adopted from Italy remained almost stationary. Under Henri II., and especially after the death of that prince, the taste for frivolities made immense progress, and the style of dress in ordinary use seemed day by day to lose the few traces of dignity which it had previously possessed.
Catherine de' Medici had introduced the fashion…