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Elizabethan Era Fashion

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Alex Dillon

on 28 March 2013

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Elizabethan Era Fashion Differences Upper Class Fashion

• Based on Renaissance Fashion
•Science and mathmatiques influenced the fashion in many ways such as geometric shapes
•To make the dresses stiff and stay n the original shape they where made with padding, quilting, and whalebone or buckram
•The in style of fashion was to slash the clothing so the colorful underlining showed through
•If a woman was of royalty they were allowed to wear gold trim but if a women was just upper class she was allowed to wear fur but no gold.
•However at parties and royal affairs men were more elaborately then the women
•The favored fabrics of the era were silk, velvet, fur, sati, cotton, and taffeta
•Favored jewelry if the time had to consist jewels, spangles, and pearls. VS. Lower class Fashion
•Lower class fashion was usually dull and boring
•Women were allowed to wear wool, linen, and sheepskin
•No bright colors were allowed only brown, beige, yellow, orange, russet, green, grey, and blue
•Lower class men were only allowed the same material and colors as women
•Both genders were allowed very little trim of silk, taffeta, and velvet and very simple caps, cloaks, and buttons
•Little to no jewelry What to Wear? Women
•Under clothes
-Chemise made of linen
-A hooped skirt
-A roll
-Partlet Over Clothes

•Over clothes
-Separate Sleeves
-Hat Men
-Under Clothes
Stockings or hose
Over Clothes
-Separate Sleeves
-Hat VS Women
- Kirtle
- Lining
- Smock
- Sleeves
- Apron
- Cap
- Partlet Men
- Under shirt
-cap Royalty Hair Fashions Make-up Upperclass women wore make-up to hide signs of aging, like wrinkles
The queen had once gotten small pox and hid it with make-up to maintain her illusion of beauty
A pale complexion was a sign of wealth and nobility and tans were unfavorab le since the lower classes worked outside therefore becoming tan
Ceruse- a mixture of white powder was use to get the snow whote complexion even though it was poisonous
Cochineal- an expensive dye used to redden cheeks and lips
Kohl was used to darken the eyelashes Video Refrences Pictures and Video
"Golden Age Women's Clothing - YouTube." YouTube. N.p., 29 Mar. 2010. Web. 24 Mar. 2013. <

"Images." Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2013. <https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi>.

"ELIZABETHAN UPPER CLASS FASHION." ELIZABETHAN ERA. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2013. <http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-upper-class-fashion.htm>. Women’s hair styles: in Queen Elizabeth 1st era woman would style their hair in a wild, and elaborate way; this is called peacocking. Woman did this to draw the eyes of gentlemen. Many of the upper class women desired to look like queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth had naturally red hair so this was sought after. Many of the upper class women also had a collection of wigs that they would wear. Fair hair was ideal for woman in this era. They even had an early way of bleaching hair. Their hair turned yellow but they used a mixture of saffron, cumin seed, celandine and oil. Woman like the frizzy look for their hair and often wore flowers in their hair. An unmarried woman would wear her hair down and once she was wed she would put her hair up.

Men’s hair styles: in this era in the beginning men had very short hair that gradually got longer throughout the era. Their hair was just as important as the women’s. If men had long hair it was required to be curled. They would use curling irons. Men would then use hot wax or gum to keep their hair in place. Beards in this era were of the most fashionable. Men could cut beards in different shapes such as square, round, etc. They would then use starch to hold the shape. Beards were also required to be long. • Based upon Science, Mathematics, and the Renaissance
• Only Royals could wear gold lesser nobles could wear fox and otter
• Sumptuary Laws dictated fashion and social status
• Slashing clothes to show brightly colored linings was popular
• Highly elaborate and necessary to achieve attention at court
• Clothing made of velvets, satin, furs, silks, lace, cottons, and taffeta
• Imported Dye to color cloths
• Decorated with jewels, spangles, and pearls
• Women had to be covered from head to toe
• Men were sometimes more elaborately dressed than women
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