The Renaissance age was a time of beautiful and richly detailed fashion, a bright time in the history of fashion. Its highest development got primarily in Italy, which since medieval times belonged to the most civilized and cultured countries in Europe, where were felt traditions of ancient culture and its historical significance.
Conditions for the emergence of a new Renaissance Fashion there were the most favorable in Italy. Italian Renaissance Fashion rejected all too harsh past trends: unnatural positions of belt, long pointed toes shoes, long cuts in dresses, and all high hats. Instead, Renaissance Fashion has set a new canon, which corresponded to the ideals of that time; it dictated the precise rules of beauty, which are valid until now: a tall figure, broad shoulders, thin waist, red lips, nice mouth, white teeth, a noble movement and stately figure.
Women of that era wore dresses of two types: the bottom with long sleeves, and a top dress, something like a robe with wide sleeves, called “gamurra”. In Florence were favored silk fabrics, brocade, velvet, etc. At the same time appeared a combination of two dyes in clothing, the two materials – this was the beginning of the deformation of dress, which is characteristic of Mannerism. Underwear became the most luxurious part of the garment, since the white material was still one of the most expensive.
Women’s dress of the XV century was bomber thus to create a broad, symmetrical tails, embodying physicality and volume. The Renaissance fashion, as it was said by theorists and by women, “was supposed above all, to be rich”. And that was manifested not only in expensive fabrics and patterns, but also in the design of the sleeves.
Some styles of costumes and classic clothing of the Renaissance survived to this day is used nowadays, for example, as an official university clothing for different occasions.
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