Clothing of the Elizabethan Era Term Paper by Nicky

A term paper about clothing during the Elizabethan era.
# 151582 | 1,355 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 27, 2012 in History (European - 16th Century) , Art (Apparel/Fashion)

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This paper presents an in-depth discussion about clothing created and worn in the Elizabethan era by various member of society. According to the paper, clothing during this period was an indicator of social and economic status. It also explores the various rules associated with clothing, particularly noting the Sumptuary Clothing Laws of this time. Additionally, the paper describes some of the typical features of Elizabethan clothing such as its intricate embroidery and use of lace and other valuable fabrics. The paper includes a chart which lists typical garments worn during this period. The paper concludes by stating that the Elizabethan Era brought myriad changes not only in English society but the world itself.

From the Paper:

"If one were to compare clothing during the Elizabethan Era and the present, there are strict rules of what to wear for which gender and age group. They actually have a checklist of these and it might be humorous to think that they had "fashion police" then to check on what people were wearing. Since clothing was very conservative at that time, most of the emphasis was not on the body of the wearer but rather on the shapes and patterns design on the clothing This then concealed the body's shape and gives more attention to colors, shapes and designs. But if the purpose is to hide the body, it may not be really true at all because designs for both male and female show thinner waists thus giving an hourglass shape. Upper class people of course possessed clothes made of the finest clothes money can buy like silk, tightly knitted soft cotton, velvet and full of embroidery, laces and even gold and jewellery trimmings. It would be no surprised if the buttons of the clothing of landed gentry or the royalty are made exclusively of gold, silver or even ivory from as far as India and Arabia."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Elizabethan Clothing. 2006. 12 Nov. 2009. <>.
  • Emerson, Kathy Lynn. The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England from 1485-1649. Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, 1996.

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