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Clothing & Fashion
Transcript of Clothing & Fashion
Year 8 Medieval Research Investigation
Jade & Ameema 8G
~Women wore long, flowing gowns and elaborate jackets headwear.
~ Pointier the shoe, the more significant.
~ Noblemen were best groomed.
Introduction to Clothing and Fashion
~ Fall of the Roman Empire and then continued for about 1000 years until the Byzantine Empire had ended, Christopher Columbus had landed in the Americas and the Renaissance was well under way.
~ The most common items of clothing were tunics of different lengths, designs and fabrics.
~ The different textiles that were available at different periods of time also had an effect dress and grooming.
~ Wore stockings, tunics and long gowns.
~ Wore woolen clothes for protection in winter.
~ Garments never laundered.
What was their clothing made of?
~ Linen, hemp, leather and hide.
~ Silk was very rare and expensive
~ Merchants kept changing styles and fashion
This is a clothing and fashion timeline of a medieval Lords attire
~ Treated same respect as nobles.
~ Wore lavish robes with jewels.
~Wore a miter that signified importance.
~ Leather Armor
~ Chain Mail Armor
~ Plate Mail Armor
How were colors used in clothing?
It actually really depended on the people’s culture. However, contrary to trendy belief, medieval people as a rule, loved color and rarely, if they could help it, wore drab or dull clothing. The most common dye plant was called “weld” and it practically grew everywhere, sometimes as a weed. Stewing produced a yellow dye that even a poor child could afford and purchased.
The Irish called the Norse (Norwegians or Scandinavians) many names, including “Gormglas,” which means “Blue-Greens,” suggesting to the Norse preference to those colors. The Anglo-Saxons had a definite preference for the whole variety or spectrum of red, from pink, to brick, to orange, and for the rich who could afford it, the deep colours we now call “scarlet”, or ruby-red. The Normans liked clear jewel tones, the Byzantines the shades of blue we now call “purple” (although they used the term “purple” to refer the ox-blood red that was reserved for the Imperial Family).
Did wealth affect the type of style of clothing?
Well, again it does depend on where and when. For example the 12th century in France, a style of women’s dress called a “bliaut” became popular. These could be made of wool, but most preferred silk. They also had extremely full skirts and long dangling sleeves. Observably, the richer you were, the more fabric could go into it and the fuller and longer they would be. Those who could afford it, had bands of gold thread embroidery applied at the neck and cuffs of the sleeves.
How was medieval clothing manufactured?
Wool would be sheared off sheep and would be carefully collected. Women and children of a lower social status would then clean and card the wool in preparation for the spinning of the wool. The wool would then be hand- spun on a spinning wheel into a long string and wound up. The strings would then be looped up onto a loom and cross strings would then be woven into the verticals, therefore making a piece of cloth. The cloth would then usually be washed to help tighten up the weave, and then pieced together into for citizens of the village.
Clothes of the Medieval World by Christine Hatt and Danuta Mayer (26/3/14)
hose + skirting
Tunic + surcoat
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