fashion through history

features historical costumes from ancient world to modern age.


Friday, April 21, 2006

Baroque and early baroque fashion

In the arts, Baroque is both a period and the artistic style that dominated it. The Baroque style used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in fashion,sculpture, painting, literature, and music. The style started around 1600 in Rome, Italy and spread to most of Europe. In music, the Baroque applies to the final period of dominance of imitative counterpoint.
The age of the original cavalier (a term synonymous with the Early Baroque) has been described as one of long locks, leather and lace. In general, a new liberalism was reflected in looser-fitting, unlaced and more casual clothes for both men and women. Large feathered hats and plumes became popular, together with often impractical, large, soft-leather boots, or highly decorated shoes.

The Elizabethan farthingale was rejected in favour of looser, layered skirts (often of satin or silk), allowing much greater freedom of movement. After Harvey’s discovery of the circulation of the blood (1628), it was feared that tight garments might restrict blood-flow and cause various aches and ailments. Contours are softer and colours more vivid and sensuous than in the previous generation. Lace is finer and more elaborate. Embroidered floral decorations are popular in fabrics worn by both sexes.
Thanks to:
Color academy


Blogger ylana said...


10:35 PM  
Blogger N said...

Interesting - and I love the pictures. But, Baroque is not the same as Elizabethan. The Baroque period began with the reign of James I.

3:29 AM  
Blogger Saurabh said...

thank you 4 such useful information...saurabh jain.

6:22 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

German Flag Spanish Flag French Flag Italian Flag Portuguese Flag Japanese Flag Korean Flag Chinese Flag British Flag