мода 17 векаEach century included in history thanks to the bright events in the field of political, economic and cultural life. All these areas could not be reflected on the appearance of men and women in suits which are easily traced the effect of the time. Fashion of the 17th century during the whole period changed quickly and for all subsequent generations it became largely turning. Some would call it unsuitable pompous, other may feel elegant and moderate satisfy the principles of the era.


The End Of The Middle Ages

The fashion of the 17th century not be a mistake to call the fashion of the transition, because it was a period in many ways a watershed, marking the sunset of the middle Ages and opening a new page in many spheres of life. In the Middle ages there was a cult of asceticism, when luxury all forces held in clothes attended noble dark tones, which formed a strange neighborhood with rigid, asymmetric geometric lines. But already in the first decade of the century, there are noticeable transformation of the European costume, signifying the birth of a new epoch, in which the blinds luxury will be difficult to keep.


The birth of a new aesthetics

At the end of the 16th century in Italy formed the Baroque style, which became the main characteristic of fashion in the next century. Baroque in translation from Italian means «weird», «artsy», and that became a concise description of this unexpected fashion, which marked the end of the time of troubles and the birth of a new aesthetics.

In the early 17th century costumes still have a hard lines and barely restrained asceticism, but then they find other traits. Clothing becomes less categorical and fashionable in the conventional sense of the word. One of the main characteristics of the fashion of the 17th century is smooth lines and complication of the cut, as due to the occurrence of heavy draperies, and thanks to the abundance of accessories. The inclusion of bright colors in the images of men and women is another important event which marked the end of the middle Ages in the literal sense. Dark times are in the past, on the foreground there is a beauty in its diverse manifestations. Benchmarks for the rest of Europe become France and Italy, where the most striking features of the fashion of this era.


The transformation of service

In the beginning of the century costume is exempt from the puffs, irrevocably a thing of the past peaked women’s hats, hid hair. Men are starting to wear a hat with a wide brim, decorated with feathers. One of the main indicators of changes in a man’s suit was the overall simplification of the image that has become more comfortable and even a little more frivolous. First, the changes in costume practically invisible, but the Thirty years ‘ war, which broke out in 1618, brought about changes in the image of a man completely depriving him of affectation Spanish influence, with its architectural lines that do not conform to the dictates of the era.

Long white shirt with lace cuffs and a collar became an integral part of the male costume, starting from the second half of the century. On top of her for a while брасьер, representing a jacket with short sleeves. One of the most important changes of the male costume concerns the lower zones of the body. If earlier the gentlemen wore stockings with lush pants down, so as to cover only the top part of the thighs, in the seventeenth century, the focus is on fashion trousers already not so voluminous, but down to the knees and closed thighs almost completely. Panties tied behind the knee ribbons, which are subsequently combined harmoniously decorated with exquisite shoes with a square heel.

At the same time, formed the new canons of the female costume, which is more addictive ladies in corsets, outlining the waist. Female dress of the seventeenth century, is deprived of the frame skirts, its lines become more dynamic, slim waist favorably contrasts with the pompous skirt and no less voluminous sleeves.

In 1648 ended the Thirty years ‘ war, which marked the beginning of a new era. The most striking indicator at that time was the fashion at the court of Louis XIV in France, which became the embodiment of the cult of ostentatious luxury. Womens dresses lose a former chastity, chest opens, with the help of a corset is lifted bust, and double the skirt is decorated with embroidery, applique, immodest rustling when walking in silk and lace. Sleeve become less voluminous, now they gracefully adjacent to the shoulder and cover the hands of beautiful lace cuffs.



Accessories are an integral part of the costume ladies and gentlemen in the seventeenth century, and their diversity is amazing. Modesty and simplicity was not honored, the shackles of the past finally slept, it’s time to show itself in all its glory. This was done by the abundance of quilling, fringe, embroideries, frills, ribbons, earrings, necklaces on her bare shoulders. Tailors nobility deftly managed with their work, combining silk, velvet, brocade, Taft, gas fabric of different colors, combining floral Oriental inclusions. In the late 17th century in fashion came unexpected then strip and cage.

Images Baroque, pompous, luxury, sometimes ridiculous in their desire as much as possible to step back from the principles of minimalism of the Middle ages, personified the raging passions inside the human nature, its attraction to the art, certainly reflected not only images, but also in the manner of behavior. In clothes Juggernaut of the Baroque style was kept classicism, which along with him reigned in the culture of the seventeenth century, finding fertile ground for development in France and England.

Blinding Baroque style to the early 18th century was replaced by the images of Rococo, which largely borrowed his features, but he was more consistent and less nervous.

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