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RENAISSANCE SPLENDOR 1450–1624 This was the period when fashion finally moved from draped clothing to fitted garments and the art of tailoring came into its own. Clothes gained structure and became stiffer and more supportive. The first templates for garments that remained modern items of clothing were created: hose with a fitted doublet and outer coat for men, a bodice with a separate skirt for women.


Differentiation in clothing. Clothing now consisted of a greater number of parts including detachable sleeves, under- and overskirts, sleeveless jerkins, and breeches of different lengths. This emphasis on separate parts of the body reflected the new interest in human anatomy that had gripped the natural sciences. The masculine form was enhanced by the latest clothing, with its wide shoulders, prominent codpieces, strong legs, and bellies. Women’s clothes emphasized their narrow waists, combining wide shoulders and skirts with a deeply pointed bodice.


The garments of different nations or regions showed greater differentiation, and the religious schism between the Catholic church and the reform or Protestant faiths led to the creation of new visual identities for members of the different faiths. Age of exploration The Ottoman Empire rose in the near East and southeast Europe, after conquering Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) in 1453, bringing Islamic might to the region.