The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life in the early modern period. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century.
In the 1460s, women's fashion shifted from high-necked gowns and braided hair wrapped around the head to layered V-shaped necklines and longer braids. Gathered and pleated skirts were popular.Women's fashion at the time could be defined by one word: fullness.
For women, the basic style of gown was made of a tight-fitting bodice and then a filled out skirt would hang down to the ankles. In fashion, while also being accepted wear at the time, women’s dresses were cut to expose the neckline. In the upper class the clothing women wore was very cumbersome and restricted their movement. This usually required servants to help dress the wearer. While the lower class women would wear much lighter clothing that was easy to dress themselves. Now all women’s clothing started with a loose linen smock worn to protect the gown, with knee high stockings. For added warmth a woman could wear a petticoat.
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