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CLOTHING IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Transcript of CLOTHING IN THE MIDDLE AGES
BY CLIO CROWHURST
CLOTHING IN THE MIDDLE AGES
BY CLIO CROWHURST (aka thecrowies)
Most people in the Middle Ages wore woolen clothing, with undergarments made of linen. Brighter colors, better materials, and a longer jacket length were usually signs of greater wealth. The clothing of the aristocracy and wealthy merchants tended to be elaborate and changed according to the dictates of fashion.
Change Of Clothing
Most people in the Middle Ages wore woolen clothing, with undergarments made of linen. Brighter colors, better materials, and a longer jacket length were usually signs of greater wealth.
Different designs for different roles
- Holy people would have to wear blank white/black long think roman clothing
- Wearing the white and black etc. means that people could tell the order by the colour of the habit
- The Benedictines wore black, The Poor
Clare Sisters, an order of Franciscan
nuns, had to petition the Pope in order to
be permitted to wear woollen socks.
Hairstyles and expectations
Whilst persons of rank were distinguished by their long and flowing hair, the people wore theirs more or less short, according to the degree of freedom which they possessed, and the serfs had their heads completely shaved. It was customary for the noble and free classes to swear by their hair, and it was considered the height of politeness to pull out a hair and present it to a person. The degradation of kings and princes was carried out in a public manner by shaving their heads and sending them into a monastery; on their regaining their rights and their authority, their hair was always allowed to grow again. We may also conclude that great importance was attached to the preservation of the hair even under the kings of the second dynasty, for Charlemagne orders the hair to be removed as a punishment in certain crimes.
1. Everybody loved straw hats.
2. Sometimes fashion was not so practical.
3. Commoners used accessories to stay hip.
4. Sheep were versatile creatures.
5. Doctors cut striking figures.
6. Those multicoloured outfits we always see medieval servants wear actually have a name.
7. The clothing created for ceremonial occasions was supposed to be like that of “the good old days”.
8. Priests rocked hand-me-downs.
9. Italians rocked slipper-socks
10.Only the nobility had buttocks worthy of show.