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Saturday, July 11, 2009

14th century Clothing

The fourteenth century was a period of change and experimentation in the fashion world, as evidenced by extant paintings. Men began to wear tightly fitted clothing, sometimes so short as to be immodest, while other more conservative men kept to the long gowns and robes. Hats, like the chaperon on the right, took on more importance.

Wool was the most common fabric, because it could take dye, and served as a good insulator in a time when the only window covering was often a wooden shutter.
Fabrics could be printed now, most commonly by woodblocks. Other decorative fabrics were embroidered wool, and gold and silk threads, only obtainable by the rich.
Edward III established an embroidery workshop in the Tower of London, to provide suitable garments for the royal couple.
Linen was commonly worn next to the skin, and cotton was used for padding and quilting. Silk was most desired, and most expensive.
During the middle part of the 14th c. people began to wear parti-colored clothes (see right), even two different colored hose, especially at the English court.
Belts crept lower and lower, and by the end of the century, were worn low on the hips, as they are now. So you see it’s true; if you wear a style long enough, it will come back into fashion!


Mary Ricksen said...

So things always come full circle. Does that mean I should keep my old shoes? Great post!

Teresa Reasor said...

I love this blog!!! It's always interesting.
Teresa Reasor

Donna Hatch said...

I have yet to see men's hose come back into fashion...I guess I'll have to be patient. I think I'd rather men wore hose than their pants down around their knees like the boys in their teens and twenties do!

Clothes For Men said...

I can't believe I just found your blog- love your style!