Hey bebes, let’s talk a little bit about history of art and fashion ❤
Renaissance was a (beautiful) cultural movement in Europe between 14th and 17th century, marking the end of Middle Ages (or Medieval Ages, also known a the Dark Ages) and the beginning of modern period. It promoted rediscovery of classical philosophy, literature and art, bringing to the light humanism- system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Renaissance gave birth to some of the greatest thinkers, authors, statesmen, scientists and artists such as: Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Galileo, Francis Bacon, Michelangelo, Donatello… It would be a shame if we don’t mention women who managed to leave a mark in this very male-controlled times: Christine De Pizan, Marguerite of Navarre, Catherine de’ Medici, Sofonisba Anguissola.
Renaissance “pulled away” fashion from the North Gothic to… Well, to Renaissance! It was definitely a process that evolved, after all it lasted more than two centuries, but there are some details that certainly marked the period. Slashing was a big thing than- cutting slits in the material of garment and pulling the lining through. There was much use of fur, mainly wolf, lynx and sable. The neck was cut square (sometimes V-shaped) and low, above it could be seen the top of the chemise. Sleeves… We could write one whole post (or a book!) on the subjects of sleeves in that era, but let’s just say they had puffs, padding, panes, fur, ruffles, embroidery, double sleeves, you name it- they had it! The most favorable materials were velvet, satin and cloth of gold. Shoes were high heels, not a fashion statement but necessity- so dresses would not drag on the floor. Also, we mustn’t confuse this era with 18th century (Marie Antoinette airy, pastel period), renaissance still had a some influence of Medieval times.
Designers who found inspiration in Renaissance:
How we can apply it today:
Now, at LAST! How can we apply it today- and still look like we’re in 21th century of course. Easy, starting with sleeves- playing with sizes, shapes and textures. Renaissance is all about voluminosity- so don’t be afraid to put those sleeves out there. Also, adding to wardrobe silk and velvet is a good idea, as well as: embroidered details, corset-style tops, chunky gold jewelry, ruff collars and ruffles… A lots and lots of ruffles… You will find more inspiration under this post.
That’s it my friends! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it ❤
See you again soon! Xoxo