Renaissance Clothing – In Control of Church and Rulers

Renaissance CostumesIt was textile industry of Florence in Italy and banking sector who bought revolution in renaissance clothing. These medieval costumes were so popularized that they spread like a wildfire and became a milestone of renaissance period and inspiration for many modern age fashion designers. medieval clothing could be distinguished by short upper garment for men and tend of making close fitting clothes which was opposite to style prevailing during Tudor Era. We can see the numerous images found in historical books, archeological sources and tapestries as evidence in support of fitted clothing.

There was one great way of distinguishing ‘haves’ from ‘have nots ‘- renaissance dresses. Wealth of people and their social ranking was differentiated on basis of garments. Medieval clothing was means of public display – as much of extravagant and expensive outfit you could carry; the higher would be your status. It means even if someone living a miserable life but wearing right attire in an elegant way then the person was socially accepted.

After noticing the growing influence of renaissance dresses church came into play. They criticize latest fashion trend of the era and those who worn it. People who heavily focused on fashion was seen as sinner by church and labeled them as conceited people. Anyone who was wearing renaissance outfits was termed as conceited people because such clothing separate them from others who were perfect civilians, following each and every rules of land in which clothing also included. Preachers and other guardians of society took these acts as a threat to Christianity, a danger for their religion and original way of their living. During the period of 14th century and 15th century laws were created to restrict the flourishing trends of Renaissance costume.

These were created in order to re-establish their position as ruling class. To get control over general public such laws were forcefully implemented. In new laws each and every aspect of clothing was included whether it was cuts, colors or material of fabrics. But the fact was these laws were tools of luxury legislation and made under the influence of church. One such law was passed in England according to which employees of urban craftsmen, grooms and servants could spend small amount of their income on clothing.Renaissance Dresses

Colors were given certain meanings in renaissance dresses so that people could wear them accordingly. For instance green was for love, gray for sorrow, red for nobility, blue for fidelity, yellow for hostility and black and gray for people of lower status. But blue was also a color of adulterous wives in Low Countries. It was an irony that royalties and aristocrats who considered black and gray colors as symbol of sorrow, with the starting of 15th century they started to wear these two colors to show rich embellishing elements on their attires like beautiful embroideries, costly jewelries and other embedded metals and ornate.

Although renaissance costume and renaissance dresses has classicism and left glorious history for us but its rich and colorful part was accessible to fewer people only, others were forced to wear what might be they don’t want to wear.

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