Costume Scene Investigation
A Man During The Renaissance
During the renaissance the men wore doublets.
Sir Francis Bacon
During the renaissance men wore ruffled collars.
William Shakespeare lived during the renaissance period.
Belts – The most functional of Renaissance accessories for men is the belt. Not just a glamorous piece of beaten leather, the Renaissance belt keeps a nobleman’s trousers aloft, maintaining his respectable presence. A modern belt would be anachronistic, and ruin the effect that a matching belt would provide to the authenticity of your Renaissance costume.
The initial costumes did restrict freedom to move around. Women wore around 5 layers of clothing. This included the skirt, bodice, vest, underskirt and the collar. Wedding dresses during this period were particularly beautiful in their appearance and were made of brocades. Exquisite jewels were sewn onto the patterns. Many layers of clothing thus formed an important factor of Renaissance clothing for women. This was probably considered as a way to keep the body warm during the cold weather. Women's clothing also consisted of a kirtle, which was worn with a gown. The term kirtle means a frock. This frock consists of a tightly fitted bodice and a flowing skirt. Sleeves were often wide and the rich loved to line their sleeves with fur. Gowns often had long trains of cloth behind. This was on the similar lines as the clothing seen in the Medieval era. Women also used to take a long time to get ready due to the number of layers involved in the clothing. During the Renaissance period, it was particularly noted that Queens wore gowns made of purple color.
Renaissance – A lady’s Renaissance costume is always completed with her choice in Renaissance jewelry. The process of selecting Renaissance accessories starts with the necklace, be it a choker, pendant, or jeweled chain. Next, work down the arms to pick out the bracelets, bangles or cuffs to wear. Finally, choose your Renaissance earrings
Renaissance hats & headwear
First and foremost to bear in mind, everyone wore a hat in public. It was, indeed, against the law for men or women to appear in public without their head's covered. Fines levied were ruinous (up to a week's wages for each offense).
While styles of hats varied, common amongst the commoners of the time were the "flat caps" which had been in use for much of the Tudor reign. These might be made of wool, felt, or leather, and could be lined with linen.
Amongst the nobility, tall hats similar to a modern top hat, but featuring a tapering crown, or an arched brim hat might be popular amongst both men and women. Italian style "bonnet" hats also were popular during the period, and any of these hats could be made of a fine fabric over a frame of linen stiffened with gum. Leather was also a popular material for the construction of fashionable hats.