Posts Tagged ‘16th century fashion’

One of the assignments in the fashion history class I recently completed was to find historical fashion references in current fashion. In magazines I looked for examples covering ancient clothing to the 20th century and matched with historical images from books, plus I had to write a comment.

This week it’s the Trunk Hose from the 16th Century.




I was excited when I found this modern short skirt. It immediately reminded me of the ever popular men’s Trunk Hose. The precursor to Breeches, Trunk Hose initially were short and puffy, but over time they became longer and more narrow. On top a gentleman wore a Dublet, which was attached to the Trunk Hose with laces (called points) threaded through the waistband.  He sported stockings and soft shoes, later boots. In the early part of the 16th Century, ruffs were all the rage to wear at the neck; by the middle of the century Falling Collars were the thing. Check back next week for more on that.

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Image One: German Duke of Saxony sports an entire suit of Panes, which in this case there are no tufts of fabric pulled through – just the slashes. c. 1514.

Image Two: Queen Elizabeth I. c.1575. 

Image Three: A close-up of the Queen’s Panes with the added jeweled Sleeve Clasps. 

In the mid to late sixteenth century, there was a trend for Panes or Slashes – actual slashes in the fabric of an outer garment with tufts of the under-garment (chemise) pulled through. In some cases small jeweled pins called Sleeve Clasps were used to fasten the panes.

What a look! I almost like the entire suit best because the slashes don’t get lost among all the other busy embellishments the Queen’s got going on with her ensemble. (But, she IS the Queen so there’s no such thing as too much.)

If I were a fashion designer I would be inspired by panes. I envision a quilted coat – slim, not bulky – with slashes and the batting in maybe a bright color poking through. Stitching around each slash. I’m not sure that could even work, as I’m not a quilter, but anything goes in one’s imagination.

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