The black-and-white doublet below also fastens with tiny buttons, German, 1566. Not only fabrics were restricted on the , but also colors, depending on social status. Clothing color also showed class status and differentiated between the classes. Wool produces long lasting fabrics, takes dyes well, and does not absorb moisture. Daily Life in Elizabethan England, by Jeffrey L.
Her collar lining and chemise are embroidered with blackwork, and she wears a black hood and a fur over her shoulders, later 1550s. I thought damask was one color too, but the one color seems, from reading, to be a more modern concept. Some of the earlier portraits of Queen Elizabeth show her dressed in a deep crimson robe. Many embroidered and bobbin-lace-trimmed English coifs survive from this period. Materials like silk, velvet, and taffeta were allowed only on trims for hats, buttons, cloaks, and coats. It was a highly fashioned age that prized a look that was artificial, elaborate, and striking. She holds a jewelled fur or zibellino suspended from her waist by a gold chain, Lombardy Northern Italy , 1557.
Lesser Nobles were allowed to wear clothing trimmed with fox and otter. A frizzy hairstyle was also required. Clothing to Reflect Occupation and Personality Aside from reflecting status symbol, clothing also reflected occupation. Most of the fabrics were imported from distant empires, including Italy and the Middle East. Reds, from pinks through clear red to rust, plum, brick and burgundy colors are also good.
The people who belonged to the higher strata of society also wore clothing that were heavily ornamented with brocades, velvet, lace, and even gold and silver embroidery. The toe tended to be rounded. A Visual History of Costume: The 16th Century. Instead, they wore two or more garments as one dress. Violation of these laws carried penalties like fines, loss of property, or even loss of title.
Again, it was not only women who desired to have small waists, men also made use of certain types of clothing such as girdles, to give a really slimming look to the body. The style of clothing and fashions of the Elizabethan era are distinctive and striking, easily recognizable today and popular with designers of historic costume. On top of this, a woman wore a bodice, several layers of petti-coats or skirts , and a cloak. Pale, white skin was desired because Queen Elizabeth was in reign and she had the naturally red hair, pale complexion, and red cheeks and lips. Later, front hair was curled and puffed high over the forehead. At the start of her reign fashion for women was modest and the body of a woman was covered from head to foot.
About the Author Pamela Martin has been writing since 1979. It is also very similar to the 'Pick-a-devant and the Barbula style of beards. Close-fitting caps covering the ears and tied under the chin called continued to be worn by children and older men under their hats or alone indoors; men's coifs were usually black. Men were dressed very similarly to women, but instead men want to look more muscular than women. The layers of clothing don't stop there for the Elizabeth miss, either. People who belonged to the lower strata of society wore clothing made from materials like wool, sheepskin, and linen.
As codpieces went out of style, men switched to stockings reaching just over the knee. In fact, most of the meat was given to the upper class where the lower class typically only ate vegetables, fruit, and fish. William Shakespeare became one the most sought after playwrights during the ruling of Elizabeth the I. Her low-necked chemise is just visible above the arched bodice, 1572. H ose- worn on lower half of the body and usually very tight.
Costumes played an important part in theatre. Instead, women wore two or more garments as one dress. Jerkins could be styled with buttons, collars, or even decorative slashes. The great days of the codpiece were declining, giving way to a modest buttoned or lace-up opening; but they were still useful as somewhere to keep pins — they were heavily padded — or your purse, and maybe a refreshing orange or two. Fashion in the Elizabethan era saw women wearing a number of different layers. This deep red color was actually obtained from an insect, which was found only in the Mediterranean.
But don't imagine drab greys, greens and ochres; even excluding the newly affordable foreign dyes, native plants and minerals provided a rainbow of colors for even the poorest countrywoman's use. As a matter of modesty, a man should always wear a doublet and shirt at all times. It was like the most recognized era in the English history , the era was most recognized because of so many things that happened that were important to the English. In 1565, the addition of starch created the ability to increase the size and height of the ruff. The Sumptuary Laws put in place by the monarchy governed the way people dressed.
Cloth of gold or gold tissue could be worn by the Queen, Queen's mother, children, sisters and aunts together with Duchesses, Marquises, and Countesses but was not allowed to be worn by Viscountesses, baronesses, and other personages of like degrees. The Low Countries, , , England, France, and Italy all absorbed the sobering and formal influence of Spanish dress after the mid-1520s. Employment opportunities included domestic service, laundry and seamstress work. The main motive behind this kind of concept in clothing was to give an impression of a small waist. Clothing was an easy way to seperate these two classes, and you could easily identify someone of the upper class. The Art of Dress Clothes and Society 1500-1914.