I have always been amazed of the history of fashion, so I decided I would start with the Tudor era since it is a fairly early era. 1484 – 1603, to be exact.
- Like I said, the Tudor period lasted from 1484 – 1603 in England and Wales. The Tudor period included the Elizabethan period (1558–1603) which ended with the completion of the reign of Elizabeth I in 1603.
- It is obvious that old century dresses had more than one layer – it was a minimum of four layers that women would wear in the Tudor period. These four layers included the Smock; Petticoat; Kirtle and Gown.
- Smock’s were the undergarments, and a Petticoat was a separate undergarment worn under the dress.
Petticoats were usually made in the colour red. Red was seen as a health giving colour – this idea was seen as late as the 19th century.
- The next garment that was worn over the Petticoat was the Kirtle. This was worn under the gown – it gave the bodice shape and supported the bust, giving women a corrected silhouette. The Kirtle usually peeked out through the neckline and was mostly hidden by the gown.
The gown was obviously the piece seen by everyone and was made with lavish materials such as velvets or cloth of gold.
Isn’t it beautiful? I just love how elegant these gowns look. Hope you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for the next era… The Stuart Period! (1603-1714)
https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/resources/tudor-life/tudor-clothes/ (This is the website where I retrieved most of my information. Great resource!)