A look at Fifteenth Century Costumes

Though the images below all illustrate costume in Europe, these advances were highly influenced by changes in textiles that were happening in Asia and the Byzantine Empire. Even in the 15th century Oriental cloths were still being imported in Europe and were used to construct luxury garments.

Silk weaving flourished in Italy, predominantly in Lucca, and especially in Northern Italy (Venice). Venice became famous for importing rare silks and precious textile from the east. Spain also produced their own silk, which became quite popular to the Spaniards. Though wool and linen were also high in demand, silk was seen as an added luxury and gave more variety than the other two. The early medieval costume stressed vertical geometry and was much more simplified in its construction; construction during the 15th century changed to follow the lines of the body so silk became a better fit for these new shapes.

During the 15th century fur also becomes a favorite amongst all various classes. Fur was instantly seen as a sign of luxury and garments were often trimmed with various furs. The most common furs to use during this time are fox, otter, hare, grey squirrel, beaver, lettice, and marten.









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