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Zeynep Karabıyık

on 19 February 2013

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Transcript of Clothing

The clothes were almost the most important things for people who lived in Elizabethan Era. The clothes were showed their wealth and richness. That's why there were different clothing styles between the social classes. Upper class wore rich, sumptuous materials and elegant styles. Lower class wore more basic materials. the most alien concepts of the Elizabethan era was that, regardless of their wealth, Elizabethans were not allowed to wear what clothes they liked. Their clothing and items of apparel were dictated by the Elizabethan Sumptuary Laws which governed the style and materials worn. Elizabethan clothes provided information about the status of the person wearing them. This was not just dictated by the wealth of the person, it also reflected their social standing. Elizabethan Clothing Law In Greenwich on 15 June 1574 Queen Elizabeth I enforced some new Sumptuary Laws called the 'Statutes of Apparel'. The reason were limitting people's clothes not to ruin the structure of Elizabethan Class System. The rules drew absolute lines between the upper and lower classes. For example any cloth of gold, satin, silver or silk can't be wear excepts Elizabethan royal society and upper class people. The all rules were similar to each other. Also these rules were so strict that's why everyone had to apply the rules while wearing. They could not have any chance to wear what they like. The colour and material of cloth was important. Because all colours had a meaning and materials symbolysed the people's status. For example brown and grey clothes were inexpensive so associated with poor people. Furthermore the materials like wool, linen and shepskin were also associated with lower class. Upper class people wore gold, blue, violet, scarlet,green colors and clothes made from silk or satin. CLOTHING It was important for Queen Elizabeth to maintain her image and the beauty of a 'Virgin Queen'. The ideal beauty was a women with light hair and snow white complexion complimented with red cheeks and red lips. Women used white face make up to get the ideal look. Also Upper class used hair wigs and hair pieces to be an ideal woman which was drawn by Queen Elizabeth. Also lots of women changed their hair colour into red because of Queen Elizabeth again.Men generally had beards with different cutting styles.
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