Costume Scene Investigation

17th Century

17th Century Fashion

Fashion in the period 1600-1650 in Western European clothing is characterized by the disappearance of the ruff in favor of broad lace or linen collars. Waistlines rose through the period for both men and women. The silhouette, which was essentially close to the body with tight sleeves and a low, pointed waist to around 1615, gradually softened and broadened. Sleeves became very full, and in the 1620s and 1630s were often paned or slashed to show the voluminous sleeves of the shirt or chemise beneath. Other notable fashions included tall or broad hats with brims and for men, hose disappeared in favor of breeches.

Men's garments

  • White ruffle collars
  • Cotton and wool pants
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Woman's Garments

  • Lace maker jackets
  • kitchen-made jackets
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Baroque Period

Baroque is a period in the history of Western arts roughly coinciding with the 17th century. It's also a style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, literature, dance, and music. The style started around 1600 in Rome, Italy and spread to most of Europe. For example, some traits and aspects of Baroque paintings which can allow one to differenciate this style of art from other styles are the abundant amount of details, the often bright polychromy, the less realist faces of subjects, and an overall sense of awe, which is one of the artist's overall goals in the painting.

Men and Women's head wear

  • Silk hats
  • Broad hats
  • Small black taffeta hood
  • Small lace bonnet

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Men and Women's Footwear


  • Clean Boots
  • Dress Shoes

  • Pointed Shoes
  • Open Toed Shoes

  • Slippers

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Men and Woman's accessories


  • Capes
  • Coats
  • Rings

  • Weapon holders (swords, knives, etc.)

  • Necklaces
  • Jewelry

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