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In 16th Century Germany, and also the of your Renaissance period, women’s clothing was distinctly not the same as clothing in other European countries. Germany resisted the international influence over its fashions as England and France adapted Spanish styles. Some of these differences may be due into the cold German climate, which necessitated use of warmer fabrics and furs. Obviously, each country strove to get the best clothing regarding their royal court.


Unlike their European counterparts, German women wore skirts that were cut separately through the bodice. Wool would have been a favorite fabric to your German skirts sewn full and pleated or gathered towards a waistband. The woolen fabric would have been a solid color.


German “gollers” or collars were worn to protect the neck and shoulders. These gollers were unique to Germany. Best selling style goller, must have been a round-shouldered capelet of silk or velvet. The goller enjoyed a standing neckband and was fur-lined. This is a ultimate example of fashion meeting function as these gollers undoubtedly kept the wearer warm.


German fashion dictated narrow sleeves which were certainly not plain. Women’s sleeves were decoratively banded with fabrics. Alternating with all the fabric banding, about the same sleeve, the Germans slashed or puffed the total sleeve. The sleeves led to an attractive point in the hand.


Interestingly, German women adapted men’s hats for their feminine costumes. Germanmen wore “baretts”, caps flipped back from the face. German women adapted the baretts, that removed with English women.


Today, Renaissance costumes are found that replicate the costumes of Renaissance Germany.


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