The close costume of the 14th century. Knights and squires habit of dressing. The footwear. The main piece of clothing for women at that time was the cotte hardie, a close-fitting, short-sleeved skirt, which made the body shapes stand out plastically.
The costumes depicted here belong to the second half of the reign of Louis XIV and the end of the 17th century. The first characteristic feature is the large headdress, called Fontange.
Venetian, Florentine and Milanese fashion. In the 15th century luxury reached its highest level especially among the Venetian nobility.
The fragments shown here are borrowed from a painting by Van der Maulen depicting the entry of Louis XIV and Maria Theresa into Arras after the beginning of the campaign in 1667. The Queen’s Marstall. The grand stable master. Ladies of honour. The Gardes du Corps. The king’s chariot.
France. Civilian clothing 1485-1510. Men’s and women’s hairstyle. Between 1470 and 1475 the high pointed hoods (Hennin) disappear.
Italy. The fashion at the beginning of the XVI century. Female costumes. According to local traditions and social status. The balzo. Early Renaissance.
Architecture in Italy of the 14th and 15th century. Types of urban house in Tuscany. The portico. The staircase. The loggia. The pilasters. Early Renaissance.
Costumes of Venice. The Venetian gondoliers. Nicolotti and Castellani. Dwarves and jesters, pages and messengers of love. Italian Medieval and Renaissance fashion history.
The Illuminati and the Freemasons. Freemasonry and the French Revolution. The Order of Perfectibilists. The Rosicrucians, the Asiatic Brethren, the African Masterbuilders, the Swedish Rite.
German Renaissance fashion of a noblewoman from the beginning of the 16th century, with a red beret, long dress with train over a white underdress of camelot and a partlet of red silk with black velvet.