Time of Renaissance Costumes Fashion
Renaissance costumes were worn by people during the renaissance period or the middle (medieval)
ages which flourished from the 14th to the mid-seventeenth century. During that period the wealthy
and prosperous class wore renaissance clothing that was elaborate and highly-decorated. Renaissance
dresses were usually hand crafted with exquisite finishes and made from different types of rich and
expensive fabrics. Some of these medieval dresses were very expensive and ornate which indicated the
financial stature and wealth of the wearer.
Medieval clothing like renaissance costumes were not only worn to indicate the status of the wearer but
were also considered as a form of financial investment. Since these costumes had high value in the
market those could be resold for a handsome amount if the wearer required money in the future.
Renaissance costumes for the wealthy class were made of fabrics that were very expensive and
exclusive since those were hard to produce. Fabrics like cotton, velvet, silk and brocade were used to
make these dresses. During that time these labour intensive fabrics were produced in countries that
were far away from Western Europe. For example cotton used to be brought from Egypt. Apart from
procuring the raw materials from distant places these costumes were given rich finishes with ribbons,
seed pearls and golden or silver thread embroidery which made the costumes more expensive.
Dresses for women included both simpler as well as complex clothing. The simpler pieces included
underskirts, bodices and robes and the complex ones had skirts, over-bodices, hoops and collars etc. For
men the dresses were designed and stitched to give the rounded or barrel look which helped accentuate
the shape of the body. Dresses for men like that of the women had the same rich colors and fabrics.
There were padded shoulders and breeches and hats with embroidery and fancy finishes etc. There was
a great demand for pirate shirt for men.
The popularity of this trend of the medieval times which reached its pinnacle during the renaissance era
has not waned till today. As such even today people look for an opportunity to wear these Halloween
costumes when they organize Renaissance Fairs.
For those who seek to buy costumes from that bygone era there are many offline and online stores that
sell authentic-looking renaissance costumes. However it is better to avoid cheap fabrics or costumes
that are poorly constructed as these will spoil the overall look of the costume.