The renaissance costume began around 1940’s. It started from one country then spread throughout the other countries until the Germans went to the point of making an improvement on the natural silhouette. They liked to put large puffs on the head and shoulders as well as their thighs and little puffs on the arms, back and chest. Moreover, they used feathers to accessorize almost anything, from their wide-brimmed hats to their knees. Renaissance costumes followed all other types of creative clothing at this time-and as a result, it went over as new discoveries.
The renaissance costumes were most often in strong, dark colors. Black velvet was the type of fabric commonly used during this period, especially for people’s headdresses. A favorite accent for gold and burgundy colored renaissance clothing was white linen. People typically use white linen as accents in their collars and wrist ruffles. When there is an important occasion, wealthy people would wear an expensive congressionalized version of more historically accurate garb, and those who can’t afford to have one would only remain in coetaneous clothing.
The men’s renaissance costumes were usually a variation of low-crowned, brimmed cap and were often one side turned up or even turned up all around. The common hair style back then was bobbed. The length of their hair actually depended on their own taste as well as if they prefer it to be either straight or curled. But during the 16th century, advanced men had hair that were almost as short as that of men’s hair today.
On the other hand, renaissance costumes for women included variations of cote and handkerchief or collar around their neck. They also wore funnel sleeves where it starts big and slowly tightens toward the cuff. Just like the men’s fashion trends, they also wore a low-crowned hat. They also either had intricate hair arrangements or just used a kerchief. Aside from that, they can also choose to wear headdresses such as gable, crescent, transparent half-dome bonnet, kennel or the gorget or wimple. Their look and dress is akin to that of the Puritans.
In essence, the major characteristics of the renaissance costumes in all the countries during the period of rebirth are: renaissance clothing mostly use rich and heavy materials which are in voluminous amount; close body garments had large sleeves and large hip clothing; the shoes were wide toes with no heels; and men and women liked to cover their heads with hats and headdresses among others.
Having played a vital role in the history of mankind, the Renaissance or the Period of Rebirth has permanently marked its place and has been etched in our memory as the time of colossal discoveries, allure and intrigue. This can be observed in the amount of renaissance costumes that have been made available to us either in real costume rental and merchandising stores as well as in virtual vendors. And we can take part in the commemoration of this exciting period and relive the awesome splendor of the Renaissance today.