Category Archives: Fashion History

Fashion history of medieval England. 12th, 13th c.

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Richard I, medieval England, King, middle ages, 12th century fashion

RICHARD I., 1189-1199. (also “Richard the Lionheart”, “Richard Plantagenêt”, “Richard Ier Cœur de Lion”.)

Fashion history of medieval England from 1154 to 1216.

Anjou-Plantagenêt ruling dynasty.

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The Norman fashion period. England 1066-1154.

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Empress Matilda, female regent, England, history, Middle ages, 12th century, costumes

The Lady of the English on her visit to Winchester on 3rd March 1141. Matilda was given a formal welcome to Winchester and handed the keys to the treasury.
Empress Matilda (also Empress Maude 1102 – 1167) was the first female regent of the kingdom of England, but was not crowned.

The Norman Period

William the Conqueror, 1066-1087.

by Mrs. Charles H. Ashdown.

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Anglo-Saxon fashion history. England c. 460 to 1066.

 

Saxon, Anglo-Saxon, costume, history, England

The Saxon
Head-gear.— Banded Phrygian cap.
Cloak.— Of blue cloth embroidered.
Tunica.— Green cloth embroidered.
Stockings.— Red cloth cross-gartered yellow.
(Photographed direct from examples used in the Author’s lecture upon Mediaeval Costumes and Head-dresses.

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King Henry VII. The Tudor.

England King Henry VII. Tudor Coronation costume

Henry VII.. From the picture in the new Palace of Westminster.

King Henry the VII. The Tudor.

Henry the Seventh was less than thirty years old when the victory at Bosworth placed him on the English throne. Continue reading

Romantic fashion in the Reign of Philippe. 1830 to 1848.

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Romantic fashion in the Reign of Philippe. Romantic era costumes, German Biedermeier.

Fashion in the Reign of Philippe. 1830 to 1848.

Romantic fashion in the Reign of Philippe. 1830 to 1848.

Romantic era, German Biedermeier.

The Revolution of July, 1830 — Fashions in Louis Philippe’s reign — Microscopical bonnets, called “bibis,” “cabriolets” — Variety of caps — Fashions of the Middle Ages and of the Renaissance — The stage — Historic costumes — Influence of Rachel, the actress — Greek and Roman fashions — Colours — Various designations of materials — Bedouin sleeves — Bonnets and head-dresses — Pamela bonnets — Novel eccentricities — Taglioni gowns, gathered “4 la Vierge,” laced “à la Niobe,” &c. — The “Sylvestrine” — Costumes to be worn on occasions of attempts on the king’s life — Bouquets for balls.
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The Second Republic. Fashion 1848 to 1851.

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Fashion and Costumes of the The Second Republic.

Fashion and Costumes of the The Second Republic.

Fashion and Costumes of the The Second Republic. 1848 to 1851.

Tricoloured stuffs of 1848 — Girondin mantles — Open gowns — Summer dresses — Kasawecks and their derivatives — Beaver bonnets; velvet bonnets, and satin or crape drawn bonnets — Cloches, Cornelia, Moldavian, and Josephine cloaks; mantles — Isly green — Opera cloaks — Numerous styles of dressing the hair: a la Marie Stuart, a la Valois, Leda, Proserpine, and Ceres — Marquise parasols — Jewellery — Straw bonnets — “Orleans” and “armure” — Work reticule or bag — “Chinas” — Pagoda sleeves — Waistcoats; basque bodices — New and economical canezous.
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The Reign of Louis XV. 1715 to 1774.

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French king, Louis XV, Louis le bien aimé. Rococo, 18th century clothing.

Louis XV (1710 – 1774) King of France and Navarre (Louis le bien aimé)

Fashion in the Reign of Louis XV. 1715 to 1774.

The Regency — War is declared against paniers — The Oratorian Duguet — Opinion of the “Journal de Verdun” — Various publications against paniers — Lines by Voltaire — Whale-fishery company — Paragraph from the “Journal de Barbier” — Mmes. Jaucourt, De Seine, Dlisle, Clairon, and Hus — Lines in praise of corsets — New bodices — Coloured prints are forbidden — “Perses” or “Persiennes” — Bagnolette – Adjuncts of dress: necklaces, ridicules, and poupottes—Contents of a patch-box — A sermon by Massillon – Les mouches de Massillon, or Massillon’s patches — Filles de Mode, Fashion-girls — Some passing fashions—Powder remains in fashion — “Monte-au-ciel” — Simply made gowns — The first cachemire.
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Reigns of Henri IV. and Louis XIII.

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Baroque fashion history, 16th century costumes. court dresses

REIGNS OF HENRI IV. AND LOUIS XIII 15S9 TO 1643.

Fashion in the Reigns of Henri IV. and Louis XIII. 1589 to 1643.

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Universal mourning on the death of the Guises; intolerance of showy dress — Vertugadins, “espoitrement,” “corps espagnole” — Diversity of colours — The pearls, jewels, and diamonds belonging to Gabrielle d’Estrees and to the queen — Dress of Marguerite de France — Low-cut bodices — Head-dresses of hair — Various styles — Venetian slippers — Edicts of Louis XII. — Caricatures: “Pompe funèbre de la Mode” — Words and fashions — Ribbons or “galants” — Dress of widows — “Demi-ceint” girdles — Gloves of all sorts – Patches — Masks; their use — “Cache-laid” — The Frondeuses — Mme. de Longueville. Continue reading

Henri III. Renaissance fashion era.

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Renaissance Fashion History. Reign Henri III. 16th century costumes. Nobility court dress.

Fashion under the Reign of Henri III. 1574 to 1589.

Renaissance fashion in the Reign of Henri III. 1574 to 1589.

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Opposition to the laws of King Henri III. on dress — The wife of President N .— How both sexes evaded the edicts – Gowns from Milan — Mixture of masculine and feminine fashions —Rage for perfumes — Recognition of rank is demanded — Costumes worn at Cognac by Marguerite de Valois in presence of the Polish, ambassadors, and her costume at Blois — Brantôme’s opinion — Pointed bodices, puffed out sleeves, and “bourrelets” — Remarks on hair — Ridiculous dress of men — Poucet, the preacher — Satirical lines on Joyeuse — Witty remark of Pierre de I’Estoile — Starch used by Henri III. — Cushions.

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Headdresses 15th century. The Reticulated Headdress.

Gothic Medieval costumes 15th century. Fashion Burgundy court dresses. Hennin. Headdresses

Plate XXII. Isabelle of Portugal 1428-1496 Queen of Castile and Philippe le Bon 1396-1467 Duke of Burgundy.

Headdresses 15th century. The Reticulated Headdress (Latin, Reticulum = a net).

At the hall door take off thy hood and gloves. Observe in Curtseie to take A rule of decent kind, Bend not thy body too far forth, Nor backe thy leg behind.

Curtesy came from Heaven when Gabriel greeted Our Lady. All virtues are included in it.

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Frankish Merovingian costume history.

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Clotilde, Frankish queen. Merovingian, costume history 5th century.

Saint Clotilde woman of King Clovis I.

Frankish Merovingian costume history 4th and 5th century.

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Historical costume silhouettes from 1750 to 1950

Historical dresses undressed.

Historical costume silhouettes from 1750 to 1950

What’s underneath a pregnancy dress from late nineteenth century? Can you imagine what women wore to ride a horse at the beginning of the twentieth century? ‘Living fashion’, which opened March 20th, 2012 at MoMu, presents fashionable clothes of middle-class women from the collection of Jacoba de Jonge, which features historical silhouettes from 1750 to 1950.

Historical dresses undressed from MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp on Vimeo.