Transitionary Dress


TheCavalier period and the Baroque mode of design had a large impact ondress. This paper seeks to expand on why the Renaissance and theFrench court of Louis XIV was a transition period. The content seeksto reveal the comprehension of the Baroque mode and its meaning inregards to primary aesthetic influence. Further, evidence of somewearable Baroque features shall be provided. Some of the possiblyevolved items under focus include the shoes, men’s dress, militaryand leg coverings.

BaroqueMode and Transition Period

Baroquewhich was mainly wearable fashion in the 17thCentury means an imperfect pear. This type of dressing relates to astyle in Europe music and art in the 17thand 18thcenturies which defined mannerism and is known through its ornatedetail (Baker, 2013). During this period, a significant shift wouldbe seen and marked the transition period of Renaissance and theFrench court of Louis XIV(Baker, 2013). During this period, men woredifferent types of habit&nbspàla française:which was a coat, waistcoat and breeches. The waistcoat usually hadlavish embroidery and displayed patterned fabrics.


Thebreeches stopped under the knee and white stockings or pants wereworn underneath. The coats were skirt like a feature that would bedifferent in the Rococo period as they would then be worn closer tothe body.

Beginningof the period of French court of Louis XIV was an offset of theBaroque and this period would be characterized by certain featuresincluding richness of color, silhouettes being in curvy and naturalform. This is quite evident in the picture below with the picturebringing out the aspect of much lace, ribbons and having embroiderymade of pearls and gold. This is quite different from what waswitnessed in the Renaissance period. The difference is that thelatter period had lots of decoration.



Fromthe discussions, it emerges that there was change in fashion duringthe transition period. The changes would be seen the general mannerin which the clothing were made. The era that was ushered by thetransition period would be made of clothing that is a bit separateand distinct and rather made from the same fabric, a feature that wasdifferent from the previous cases. In the previous periods there wasmore of a mix and match of breeches, bodices and even skirts.



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