IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
THE Tudor interval introduced a rare revolution in gown, the primary vital change happening within the sleeves, which have been now of various materials and totally different color from the robe. A number of pairs of sleeves could be allotted to every robe, and have been essentially made removable, whereas in form they have been full and puffed, padded and quilted and slashed and becoming tightly; and the square-necked, short-waisted fashion of gown was punctilious in a show of a stomacher and a full practice.
Material of gold was the favorite cloth, getting used alike for adornment as for clothes, and certainly gold asserted itself on each wealthy materials, and there was a silver taffeta embroidered in gold ; and a damask of crimson or yellow wrought with gold supplied itself persuasively for fur trimming, lynx and sable and marten accepting the responsi-bility with zeal.
The honest footed it bravely in low sneakers adorned with massive ribbon Tudor roses, which have been additionally allotted the fragile responsibility of ornamenting elaborate garters. The plainer number of shoe was of wooden coated with velvet or leather-based, stitched with silk and mounted with buckles or rosettes ; and a wood shoe in vogue was generally known as the pantoffle, and never not like that chopine worn in Italy at the moment and later, when it attained the head of the preposterous. This shoe was, nevertheless, recognized in England solely in a modified kind.
Not one of the fashions of the day may honestly be referred to as snug. Consolation clearly was banished from consideration, and every innovation through the sixteenth century exhibits its calls for an increasing number of disregarded.
The ring appeared, and held the most effective affections in its grasp of iron, wooden, or whalebone, the indispensable edicts towards it following shortly upon its reputation. Wealthy and poor alike fell victims to its aggressive charms, and alike insisted upon its put on, and, on the event of her marriage with Prince Arthur of Wales, Catherine of Medici wore the gown of Spain and a mantilla bordered with gold and treasured stones, and her skirt was distended by a number of hoops.
Merry polygamist Henry V III.
The wives of that merry polygamist Henry V III. have been sympathetically connected to lovely garments, and Anne Boleyn is credited with sporting a cap of blue velvet trimmed with golden bells, and a vest of velvet starred with silver, and over it a surcoat of watered silk lined with minever, with massive pendent sleeves; blue velvet brodequins have been on her toes, with a diamond star on every instep, and above her lengthy curls was positioned an aureole of plaited gold. It’s a well-known proven fact that Anne, due to some slight deformity of the hand, held affectionately to the charms of the hanging sleeve after it had been discarded in favour of the complete puffed and slashed sleeve.