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Medieval Clothing
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Women were seen almost exclusively in dresses and gowns; and men were
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Hi, I'm Candice Aviles, and today we'll discuss the trends and historical background of medieval attire.Typical styles of dress during the medieval times incorporated deep, often vibrant colors into most wardrobes. Women were seen almost exclusively in dresses and gowns, and men were often seen in tailored separates.
Of course, the same can be said for the modern era of dress, but shapes and styles are far different. Predominant styles of medieval dress were quite extravagant for the upper class (with fine prints, embroidery and even lush fabrics, like velvet) and more basic for the middle and lower classes.
For women's wear, semi-plunging necklines and large openings in the sleeves were highly popular during this time.During the Middle Ages, it was respectful to cover the body as much as possible. Long clothes that covered both arms and legs were worn during warmer months. During harsh winters, no buildings had modern forms of heating, and the temperatures inside were similar to those outside. Layering was key in these kinds of environments.Production during this time was costly because of the high labor intensity. The Middle Ages were renowned for this kind of work, especially craftsmanship with finer fashion pieces. Many people had only a few changes of clothes because of the high cost –– much different than today where both production and retail value, for the most part, are inexpensive.
Members of nobility, however, had extensive wardrobes for formal events, for parties and even for costume.
Thank you for watching our brief history on Medieval clothing. For more information on this topic, visit About.com
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