Rinascimento

Rinascimento

The times of the Renaissance is the period of incredible luxury in courtly outfits. They were made using expensive, exclusive silk textiles with gold and silver threads produced mainly in Italy. In the European countries the royal and prince courts’ fashion developed in accordance with the specificity of courtly etiquette, morality i and aesthetic tastes. That way different styles of garments were created in the Tudors’ England, Valois’ French, Jagiellons’ Poland or in the countries ruled by the Habsburgs, and also in Italy, where almost every important city created its own separate style. At the same time Renaissance poeple were open to the questions of fashion and liked to draw inspiration from foreign ideas. The famous ruler of Florence, duchess Eleonora of Toledo became famous for creating international fashion. Renaissance lady, clad in magnificent dress worn over a corset and often stiffened skirt, topped off her attire with a headdress: a coif, a beret, her neck was wrapped around with a ruff and liked to wear various, intricately made accessories, like fans or perfume containers or weasel pelts embedded with gems, known as ‘zibellino’. Splendid and lavish was also the clothing of a Renaissance gentleman. His attire should be made with luxurious textiles, decorated with embroidery and trimmings. Above that, the courtly man took scrupulous care of hygiene and impressed with his manners. Every skill he had – dance, horseback riding, fencing or conversation – he demonstrated with a certain nonchalance, masking the great effort of obtaining them.