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Monday, September 12, 2011

Fashions, oh my!

The fourteenth century was a period of change and experimentation in the fashion world, as evidenced by extant paintings. Men began to wear tightly fitted clothing, sometimes so short as to be immodest, while other more conservative men kept to the long gowns and robes.

Wool was the most common fabric, because it could take dye, and served as a good insulator in a time when the only window covering was often a wooden shutter.

14th century dressmakers
Fabrics could be printed now, most commonly by woodblocks. Other decorative fabrics were embroidered wool, and gold and silk threads, only obtainable by the rich.

Edward III established an embroidery workshop in the Tower of London, to provide suitable garments for the royal couple.

Linen was commonly worn next to the skin, and cotton was used for padding and quilting. Silk was most desired, and most expensive.

During the middle part of the 14th c. people began to wear parti-colored clothes, even two different colored hose, especially at the English court.

Belts crept lower and lower, and by the end of the century, were worn low on the hips, as they are now. So you see it’s true; if you wear a style long enough, it will come back into fashion!

11 comments:

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Joyce,

I love your discussion of clothing in the Middle Ages. I always learn a lot from your blogs.

Rebbie Macintyre said...

A agree with Jacqueline. Your information is fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Hi Jacquelyn: Thanks for the kind commentary on my post. I love learning about period costumes, and glad you enjoyed.

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Rebbie: Some of the period garments were so fascinating. Thanks for stopping by.

Angelyn said...

I don't know--I'm pretty sure half of the fashions in my closet have little hope of ever coming back.

William Rufus,the Conqueror's son who succeeded him to the English throne, wore pointy toed soft boots with bells attached. I don't think that will ever come back, either.

Great post!

Debby Lee said...

An educational post Joyce. Thanks for sharing. I totally love clothes and I'm glad 1960's fashions have come back into style. :)

Lauri said...

Wonderful post! I love the two different colored hose! Wonder when they started claiming the washer ate one. ;)

Cheers!

Georgie Lee said...

Great post. There is an interesting blog post about the ancient way to dye wool using woad, you might be interested in it. http://feltingneedle.blogspot.com/

P.L. Parker said...

Always love the historical data and this is great. Thanks.

Jennifer Ann Coffeen said...

Isn't is interesting that men were the first ones to wear short, fitted clothing? I'm sure that was a sight to see!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Pointy toed shoes also seem to come back in fashion from time to time.