Ca 1500

She wears a gown of rose silk with velvet brocade, trimmed with dark-brown fur. Her gabled coif is of jewels and gold and has a black velvet fall. Her girdle is gold silk, knotted and tasseled. English lord and lady dancing after a hunting trip. His green-red-and-yellow plaid doublet has a long skirt and is worn over fitted green trunk-hose and red stockings. His light-brown leather leggings are slashed his shoes are of the same color. He wears a brown castellated cap over a...

Introduction

The Renaissance period, which began around the year 1400 in Italy, continued through the 1500s. During that time, Europe made the transition from the plague-ridden medieval world into a more modern and affluent era. The ravages of the Black Death had reduced the populations of most parts of Europe drastically. The surviving gentry tended to have a worldly, luxury-seeking attitude. Renaissance fashions at first retained many Gothic-era features. Women still wore wimples, hennins with elaborate...

Italy ca 1530

Italian courtesans bleaching and styling their hair. The seat- linen chemise. The standing woman is arranging her frizzed ed woman wears a broad wooden brim with her hair pulled blond hair. She wears a gown of wine-color velvet, trimmed up and through it to keep the lye-based bleaching prepara- in gold, over a white chemise, tion from getting on her skin. She wears a shell-pink, soft An Italian courtesan showing her padded and slashed knickers. Most women of the period would not have worn any...

Ca 1510

It is lined with darker-brown wool. His short, slashed green doublet is laced to his green-and-gold upper stocks, which are worn with shorter white stockings. A white shirt, white fur hat with multicolor feathers, and brown leather shoes complete his outfit. During the Renaissance, the Germans seemed to enjoy outdoing everyone else in the use of feathers, slashes, and puffs in their costume. The woman here wears a large-brimmed hat, edged in embroidery and covered...

Men S Houppelande

The woman's houppelande is of peacock-blue-and-gold brocade with trim of gold, deep blue, and green. The undergown is of gold silk and the sleeves are edged in white fur. Her blond hair is held with strands of pearls. This high-waisted silk gown features leaf-shaped dagging at with the tunic repeating the same colors. His shirt and the the sleeves. The gown is in shades of moss-green and gold. fur trim are white. The man wears parti-color hose in red, yellow, and...

Renaissance Fashion

The groom's costume includes a blue-gray doublet, brown breeches, a white shirt and stockings, tan leather slashed shoes, and a natural-straw hat. This Italian knight in steel armor wears a blue cloth apron at the sides and held by pale-blue ribbons. The underskirt at the waist. The woman's gown is rose silk, with a bodice is of deep-blue silk, and panels of rose-and-pale-blue brocade. The gown is slit Italian couple. Her gown of coral-and-gold brocaded silk, is...

Chamarre Clothing

Noblewoman Gown

Her stockings are white with red clocks the chopines are white with red trim. She carries a flag-shaped fan. This French noblewoman wears a black-and-gold brocaded Her cap is of gold-color fabric with a white gauze veil, gown with a black-velvet overskirt. The scalloped ruff, From a rosette of gold ribbon hang a mirror and bag. which was gaining in favor, is seen here at collar and cuff. French court couple. He wears a deep-blue gown with silver galloon and loops, and a...

Italy ca1400

His parti-color hose are red, yel- woman wears a pale blue silk, high-waisted short gown with low, and black. His short, red-satin gown has a black fur col- a side slit to show her rose-color petticoat. Her tied-on lar and full, slashed sleeves. His gold-color doublet is laced sleeves are called finestrella because the chemise shows over a white shirt and he wears yellow kid gloves. It was fash- through. Unmarried girls could wear their necklines low. ionable for young...

1500 S English Clothing

1500s Clothing For Men

Collar and cuff ruffles were referred to as a suit of ruffs. The man wears a deep-red velvet chamarre. His puffed sleeves are decorated with pearl-studded gold bands. The gown is lined with black fur, which shows at the collar and the tail of the garment. His hose, shirt, and ruff, and the feather in his red-velvet cap, are white. His slashed shoe uppers also are of red velvet. ca. 1430 Ital. ca 1440 Ger Here are some terms for specific garments worn during the Renaissance that may be...

Italy ca 1410

Gold Houppelande

Most Italian dignitaries chose to wear a gown of black or gown of peach-color taffeta. The attached sleeves and some other dark color. The man shown here wears his over bodice are embroidered in a net pattern. She wears a white blue tights with embroidered clocks. The bag hat is of the cloth cap and white veil, same blue. The woman is dressed for her wedding, in a The Italian noblewoman wears a robe of green silk-velvet with gray-fur trim. The padded sleeves of her gown are of magenta...