Elizabethan England (History of Fashion and Costume) (Volume 3)
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An eight-volume set examining the development of costume and fashion and the social history that gave rise to it. It depicts the changing styles, processes, and trends - from the first people to wear clothes in the last Ice Age to the courtly fashion of medieval Europe to the globalization of Western style - that led us to the clothing of today.
could last several generations if properly cared for, and household manuals were full of tips on cleaning and keeping textiles safe from moths. Adult garments were regularly cut down to make children’s clothes, and household linens were refashioned into clothing. In a legal dispute over a family inheritance, we read that one Elizabeth Busby had acquired: “one facecloth whereof she made an apron, one tablecloth [with] which she made smocks, and two ruffs, part whereof she cut for herself, and part
women—including the queen—also used false hair to pad out their chosen style.They enhanced the effect with hair bodkins—jeweled brooches on wire pins—stuck into their hair. The drawings in herbals and other ‘’books of receipts’’ were botanically accurate as well as decorative and beautifully drawn. Men’s Hairstyles While collars and ruffs were worn high, men’s hair was generally cut short and complemented by neatly trimmed beards and moustaches.Very few young men were clean shaven. In the
not even a wedding band. Usually only upper-class women wore wedding bands. Widows were expected to remove their wedding rings, as they were no longer considered to have been married. However, they were allowed a mourning ring, which contained a lock of the loved one’s hair. Perfume was also often contained in a ring. Some engagement rings had mottoes or declarations of fidelity inscribed on the inside of the band, usually in French or Latin. Costume jewelry like this was made not for the
lace or 22 gold thread.The ruff was supported underneath by a wire frame known as an underpropper or supportasse. Different Types Men and married women wore full, round ruffs, while single women were permitted the variation of a fan-shaped ruff left open at the front, perhaps with a gauze carcenet (necklace) covering the bosom. Another alternative for them was the rebato, or high, wired collar, made of linen so fine that it was transparent, which framed the head. After 1580, men wore either the
reveal highly colored stockings worn underneath. Boots Upper-Class Footwear The nobility, who spent most of their time indoors, tended to wear delicate and impractical footwear. Slippers and pumps were made of leather, cloth, or velvet, and had 26 cork soles. They were decorated with pom-poms or rosettes attached to the fronts, or by slashing the leather to reveal the colored stockings worn underneath. Boots were originally worn only for riding or by the military. However, by about 1580,