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Costumes/Fashion in Elizabethan Era (Shakespeare)

Toby and Carmelle's project on costumes and fashion in Shakespeare's time/Elizabethan Era.
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Mellie Bardington

on 30 January 2013

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Transcript of Costumes/Fashion in Elizabethan Era (Shakespeare)

Costumes and Fashion in the
Elizabethan Era/Shakespeare's Time Upper Class and Lower Class Clothing Decisions of Clothes and Fashion Men and Women's Clothes and Fashion Clothes outside of the real world Expensive costumes
What was on the costumes Theater Clothing All the types of clothing and what people would wear depended on the person’s class, upper class or lower class.
The upper class fashion was all very rich and made of magnificent fabrics with very elegant style, while the lower class had normal, basic and boring clothes made of plain fabrics and materials. One of the most bizarre and weird things about the fashion and clothes was that no matter how rich or high class someone was, they could not decide what they wore. The Elizabethan Sumptuary Laws controlled what clothes should
be worn and the style of the
clothes. The women would wear big gowns, hats, corsets, collars, ruffs, underwear and elegant shoes, and the men would were doublets, breeches, collars, ruffs, hats, underwear and shoes. In the Elizabethan Era, there were many plays taking place and one of the most famous are that of William Shakespeare. In Shakespeare plays there was not much of a set. But the costumes made up for the lack of scenery. these costumes were very expensive , they were also very handsome. Every part was decorated with braids, pinking, embroidery, slashing or puffing. Other than the fashion in this time, another very important part of clothing was the costumes in the theater. The costumes were one of the most important parts and most bold and remembered parts of Elizabethan history and theater. They would make everything very big, fancy and expensive. The theater was a very important part of the Elizabethan peoples' lives. Even though there were female parts in most plays, women were not allowed, at that time, to go and perform on stage. This made men have to dress up in uncomfortable female costumes and make-up.
At a late time in life only were women allowed to participate in the plays and theater. William Shakespeare lived in the days of the Elizabethan Era. The Elizabethan Era was well known for many things, such as the theater and costumes, but also the clothes and fashion worn by the people. The Elizabethan people would wear many layers of clothing. Costumes in the Theater Some of the more expensive costumes were covered with jewels such as pears. Many had spangles which are glittery sequin-like decorations, and they also had artificial flowers and more
. Men wore caps even when they were indoors. The male hairstyles varied. In a nutshell all costumes had color and ornamentation. Sources:
"Costumes." Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary Of His Stage Context (2004): 121-123. Literary Reference Center. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.

ELIZABETHAN CLOTHING. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2013. <http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-clothing.htm>.

Riley, Dick, and Pam McAllister. "All The World's A Stage--Elizabethan Drama." Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion To Shakespeare (2001): 13-18. Literary Reference Center. Web. 29 Jan. 2013."Templateeliz." Templateeliz. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.

"Costumes." Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary Of His Stage Context (2004): 121-123. Literary Reference Center. Web. 29 Jan. 2013. By Toby Cooke and Carmelle Saldinger The End! Women:
(under clothes)
• Smock/shift (a.k.a chemise made of linen)
• Stockings/hose
• Corset/bodice
• Farthingale (hooped skirt)
• Roll/rowle
• Stomacher
• Petticoat
• Kirtle
• Forpart
• Partlet

(Over clothes)
• Gown
• Separate sleeves
• Ruff
• Cloak
• Shoes
• Hat Men:
(Underclothes)
•Shirt
•Stockings/hose
•Codpiece
•Corset
(Over clothes)
•Doublet
•Separate sleeves
•Breech
•Belt
•Ruff
•Clock
•Shoes
•Hat
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