Fashion DesignersStyleFashion HistoryMen's Fashion
Latest Articles - Luxury

How To Wear A Wrist Watch Properly – The Lesson of Style

When purchasing watches, no one is questioned with how to wear watches, actually. This appears to be logical and rational. Nevertheless, the simplest things happen to be complicated sometimes. Everything is made from details and details sometimes mean far more than the whole. People who really wander how to wear watches properly exist and they are really concerned in this issue.

Cigar Lighters – Torches To Splash Delight

The Cuban leader Fidel Castro, a revolutionary Che Gevara, politicians Winston Churchill and Bill Clinton, writers Somerset Maugham and Mark Twain, the actor and the political figure Arnold  Schwarzenegger – these names are well-known and these figures are best known to the world for their political, social, literary and other achievements. Moreover, the abovementioned people highly esteem cigar smoking and, thus, they come as people who own the greatest number of tools and accessories so requisite for this leisurely process and among others there are cigar lighters.

Crystal Glass Tableware – A Song of Crystal

In the light of a variety and availability of glass items, glass ware is still appreciated by plenty people, especially when it comes to cut glass. The cut glass produces a long, lingering and musical tune when you put your finger at the cut-glass edge. So, in Japan the craftsmen make unique musical instruments. A crystal violin, completely transparent, is estimated for fifty thousand USD. Crystal glass tableware is not so much expensive though it is able to produce the charming, unique and so brittle music providing it is properly cared.

Popular Articles

Medieval clothing

Sunday, 21 September 2008

medieval clothing In the 12th century especially in France, Roman clothing looked like a religious habit was gradually changed by tight-fitting and more graceful clothes. In the 19th century the clothes finally acquired a secular appearance. Coarse clothes of the previous epoch without cutting up into pieces was changed to properly stitched and tight-fitting clothes, made according to tailoring laws. 

New dresses of the epoch made of new types of fabric, namely of light cloth of Flanders and Italian origin, softly covered a figure. Fabrics could be cut up easier and at the same time were firm enough and suitable for any drapery. Some of fabrics could change their color under the influence of light. These dresses appered in the 13 century, however, there are controversial opinins where they were tailored first: in Italy or in France. Both were considered a cradle of knightly culture, being expression of new esthetic ideals reflected in female and male fashion.

The image of an ideal man also was changed. Earlier it was a brave warrior dressed in coarse war trousers and pelts. But at that time the ideal m an looked rather effeminate: with long curly hair, decorated with flowers and dressed in womanlike clothes. Color combinations had deep symbolic meanings. The one who "served" a favorite woman was dressed in her favorite color. The proofs of such "service" can be found not only in French, but also in Czech literature, for instance: "I want to serve her truly and be close to a woman who brings me joy and wears the same color as I do."

Servants also wore the clothes of their masters' favorite colors: in this manner their friendly attitude was shown. The combination of several colors was also applicable. The most fashionable color of the epoch was yellow, and it was considered a male color. But morality and modesty adherents were against this color, as coloring clothes into yellow was expensive and luxury that, in their opinion, was demoralizing.

Gothic fashion with its tight-fitting clothes, peculiar body positions and the manner of clothes wearing can be observed in the facades and portals of cathedrals where saints and kings are displayed, and also in the artistic miniatures of medieval painters. Changed cut of clothes appeared in patterns of sleeves and in their connections with the shoulder. Tightly fitting to the shoulder, a dress followed the lines of the body making it visible. Sometimes sleeves widened in wrists, turned into corners in shoulders and flew down to the ground. A waistcoat was replaced by a cut out bodice made with the help of side seams and tucks.

In the 14th century to make the bodice tighter, it was furnished with lacing or rows of buttons. Buttons appeared in the first part of the 14th century, when the dress was so tight-fitting that it was hardly possible to move. Only then a loose blanket turned into a cut up intricate dress. At that period of time people bid farewell to a loose antique tunic. A waistcoat, which was closed in the 13th century, started to uncover the neck and later - the breasts. A skirt was lengthened to a tail, setting off hips. Outer garments with sleeves and without them, with a wide décolleté were put over this tight dress. Slenderness of the waist, wideness of hips and softness of the breasts was set off by a cut and decoration of outer garments. The raincoat of cloth made up with fabric of a different color or fur also belonged to traditional clothes. It was fastened by an agraffe or a usual clasp.

During this period it was fashionable to cover the head with a blanket, as Etruscan women did. Women covered their heads with blankets made of varied light fabrics, each with a special symbolic meaning. For instance, importance of a moment and sorrow was underlined not only by dark colors of clothes, but also by a blanket position - in this case it covered a face; and vice a versa, happiness and joy was characterized by bright colors and differently attached blankets. Curly hair flew down to shoulders: at that time frizzle for both men and women was a usual phenomenon. Frizzle was made with the help of hot tongs or special sticks, being objects of derision for morality adherents who considered frizzle the greatest sin. But in poetry, maidens' curly hair, decorated with golden chaplets, sparkling diadems and bright flowers, were praised. Married women covered their heads with expensive blankets.

In the 14th century hoods were very popular. It was mentioned in the Limburg chronicle of the year 1389 that hoods decorated one's head like an aureole. Harmonious and stylish Czech medieval fashion burst into blossom and overcame eccentric French fashion. In the pictures of that time we can see women dressed in sheer, fitting-tight shirts without sleeves, which fit close to the waist and breasts and uncovered the figure. These shirts looked like summer dresses of underwear of our time. Straps of these skirts were made of another material serving as decoration. A waist was covered with a ribbon, slightly moved to a side, made of a blue fabric.

Analogy between gothic fashion and architecture was mentioned in literature. Like in architecture, fashion of this period was characterized by straight lines: vertical ends of upper sleeves, sharp wristbands, groins, oblong hats and taper shoes perfectly underlined this tendency. At the same time gothic clothes kept the elements of the previous period: a raincoat, for example, which was modified in its own way, a blanket, made of new fabrics and acquired new functions. Roman fashion also was based on a shirt-like, non-fitting tight cut. Gothic cut absolutely suited a figure of a person, and it is often said that nothing could overcome it. It was a merit of tailors, who kept their methods in secret and were united into work shops, where only men were occupied with clothes production.

Add New RSS
khulitzz  - good.   |2010-08-09 08:42:48
great...helps a lot...
Write comment
[b] [i] [u] [url] [quote] [code] [img] 
< Chastity belt: the Venetian grate   Gothic clothing >
Who's Online
We have 3 guests online
feed image
feed image
feed image
feed image

Lost Password?
Latest Articles - Fashion

Men’s Slim Fit Shirts – Special Sensuality

A student or a business man, shirts are found in the wardrobe of any men living a social life. Anyone following fashion tendencies owns a pair of slim fit shirts for any occasions to distinguish against other common shirts. This kind of shirts is less trendy for mature men since the design of shirts requires fit and athletic torso which is rarely available with men over 45. Men’s slim fit shirts are good to fit with any suits, in loose manner, tightly fit in trousers.

Lingerie – Alluring and Stretchy Fashion

Lingerie for women was just the plain underwear until the 20th century when it became the mean self-expression, as the subject of esthetic admiration. A piece of lingerie seen in between the women wear looked quite shocking to be shame and no one thought of designing luxury items based on lingerie, leaving alone works of art. Today every woman dreams of having a pair, or even more, of luxury and high quality lingerie to associate with sexuality, sensibility and attraction with male.

Latest Articles - Beauty

Lancome Magnifique: Glory in a Chic Bottle

Lancome brand is appreciated globally as one of the most recognizable manufacturer of perfume and body care cosmetic products. Lancome is the brand to boast with the assortment of scents appraised by lots of women from all over the world. That is not the triumph for a day. That is the niche the brand keeps as the manufacturer of classic fragrances. So, Tresor launched in the 50s, the legendary and so romantic Poeme, and delicate Attraction that is demanded beyond the time. In the year 2008 that Lancome house presented another fragrance, Lancome Magnifique.

Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue - Symbol of 90s

Florence Nightingale, also known as Elizabeth Arden globally, became the real revolution-maker in the cosmetic industry. The brand Elizabeth Arden estabvlished by Graham, was the one of the first companies that produced natural and high quality cosmetic products, indeed, acknowledged by the royal persons. Moreover, the decorative cosmetics are at last accepted in the political society thanks to the brand founder.