By Kathy Elgin

Concentrating on the Elizabethan period in England, a interval from approximately 1550 to 1603, this name exhibits a variety of examples of the attention-grabbing garments worn via every person from the noblemen and center sessions to the countryfolk and armed forces males. England in the course of the time of Queen Elizabeth I is recognized to scholars because the time of Shakespeare s performs and different courtly drama. pictures and illustrations from well known performs and films exhibit bright examples of Elizabethan costume, with the intention to help scholars who're learning the typical costumes and components of the time.

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Enormous amounts of money were spent on court masques alone, which reached new heights of lavishness. The reign of King James was characterized by riotous living and lavish expenditure, which threatened to bankrupt the country. Changing Styles As the new century progressed, dress gradually became more relaxed. These were at first kneelength, but by about 1620 they had become longer and slimmer fitting, looking more like modern trousers. As ruffs were gradually abandoned, the standing band collar became larger and softer until, by 1620, it lay over the shoulders, broad and lacy.

Mary Queen of Scots went to the scaffold wearing “blue worsted, edged and clocked with silver, over plain white jersey hose,” held up with green garters. Male and female underwear was almost identical: in a Ben Jonson play a husband borrows his wife’s smock while she washes his shirt. The Stocking Machine In 1589, a Nottingham man called William Lee invented a revolutionary new machine for knitting stockings. He proudly showed it to Queen Elizabeth, hoping to be granted a patent. The queen, however, declared herself disappointed at the coarse quality, and refused, although the real reason may have been that she wanted to protect the handknitting industry.

Jewels appeared on belts, buttons, hatbands, hairpins, shoes, and garters. There were often several of these combined in one brooch or pendant. Precious Stones Anyone sitting for a formal portrait would be sure to wear as much fine jewelry as possible in order to indicate their wealth and status. Of all the precious stones imported from the East, pearls were the declared favorite of Queen Elizabeth, as a symbol of her virginity. Pearls were worn as earrings, set in brooches, or—most popularly— in long ropes which hung down below the waist, pinned to the skirt in loops.

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