Renaissance : The Tudors

This is our second post of the Renaissance. First we've talked about the Italian/Spanish Renaissance, and how fashion got big. When the Tudor monarchs ruled over England and Wales, they probably had the most important impact on Western European Fashion of the 16th Century.

Tudor fashion is easy to recognize, because it's all based on geometric shapes (triangles, rectangles, squares,...). In the late renaissance, when Queen Elizabeth I ruled England, fashion began to shift in more extreme proportions, but we'll talk about that in our next post.


- smock

- busk (to flat your torso)

- bum roll (more volume for your hips)

- farthingale (conical in shape with wire hoops graduated in size)

note: The farthingale was perhaps the biggest contribution of the Renaissance. The increasing size of the farthingale needed a lot of material to furnish it, and laws were passed to try to curtail their use (these laws were very much ignored).

- kirtle

- gown (often split in the middle)

- foresleeves

- partlet (to cover your cleavache)

- hood (gable or french hood)


- shirt

- doublet

- basse (skirt for men) / stocks

- hose & upperhose

- chamarre (oversized coat)

- chain of office

- french bonnet

- duckbill shoes

If you want to know more about the details, make sure you watch the youtube video of Amanda Hallay.


What were the make up trends and headdresses in Tudor fashion? See Margo's beautiful illustrations over here.

Next post we will illustrate the enormous influence of Queen Elizabeth I, which marked the late Renaissance. Check it out on 12/12!

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