Clsssical Fashion

Medieval Fashions

With the emergence of Christian influences during the Medieval era, clothing styles generally more modest than the previous Roman era. Sleeves and hems decreased in length. Clothes tend to be heavier too, suggested that climate change across the European continent. Although clothing generally more of the body than in previous eras, tissues become decorative. Embroidery and Beading began to appear on previously unadorned, plain fabric, especially in the court and liturgical clothing. Technically, the medieval period can be divided into the Middle Ages (400-1000 AD), the early Gothic period (1000-1200 AD) and Late Middle Ages (1200-1400 AD).

The style of clothing during the Middle Ages was often militaristic men. They wore tunics, capes and trousers. Shoes were often worn instead of sandals. Women's was also based on the general structure of the tunic. A loose tunic was worn over a sleeveless, fitted tunic. Although the clothes during this period tend to be more plain, Celtic style jewelry pieces were developed while growing in popularity. The early Gothic period saw a widening of the sleeves and hems, often anticipating and use much more structured than before. By that time, Europe had learned from Eastern cultures to create velvet and western clothing was lavish.

Several factors have contributed to this trend towards extravagant and highly decorated clothing. Increased trade from the East brought fine fabrics, and new ideas for decoration, while Western countries improve their own textile-making techniques at home. The upper, noble classes also grew during this period, such as personal wealth was won by survivors of the Black Plague. The fashionable, wealthy classes experimented with often extreme styles, from addicted shoes called "poulaines" to cone-shaped hats with long veils.

Renaissance Fashions

Since the Renaissance era is nearly 150 years of history, the fashion changed from beginning to end. At the beginning of the Renaissance in 1450, clothing styles were influenced by medieval and Gothic design, as well as the Italian Renaissance movement in art. Women's fashions based on a more natural appearance of their Gothic predecessors. Dresses gradually lost their long trains and flowing skirts were always popular. The jacket, which was actually a dress with an attached bodice and skirt, appeared on the fashion scene. Moreover, the long, stiff, corset maker who was in a cone shape below the waist with a V debuted at the beginning of the Renaissance period. Women began showing their hair again. Instead of their heads, they adorned their coiffures with shimmering veils and dazzling jewels. In male fashion, doublet shortened and low-necked tunics and Chemises was common attire. Snake was a common need for the well dressed man. Brok Aten and velvet fabrics were among the favorite for both men and women clothing.

After the end of the 15th century, Renaissance fashion began to follow German styles. The simple, natural style of the early period were replaced by horizontal, solid styles. Men's fashion has become square in cut and detail cleaned. Trousers were extended, and linen Chemises were decorated with lace edges and frills at the neck and sleeves. F become voluminous gowns with pleated skirts and strongly supported through hoops made of wire or wicker and held together with ribbons or tapes. Hope Kirt, known farthingale reached its maximum width of around 1600, when it became a Cart Wheel or drum shape. Sleeves are puffed and neck lines were decorated with high standing collar with extended Ruff or circular paper lace. Men's clothing has a similar style, with puffed trunk hose, balloon sleeves, quilted doublet and large ruff collars. "Overwhelming" (reduction of the outer layer of cloth to reveal the inner layer of a contrasting color and texture) is also popular with both men and women fashions. The trend for the effect also extended to hairstyles. Women began wearing headdresses, at first a simple hood which then became peaked. Men wore large hats that were sometimes trimmed with gemstones. By the end of the Renaissance in 1600, fashion had reached a peak in the Italian part of the Elizabeth period.
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