How Elizabethan Fashion Has Influenced the Modern Day Fashion World

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“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” (Fashion Quotes 1) The words once spoken by Henry David Thoreau are politically correct. People often look at Elizabethan‘s choice of fashion and ridicule everything about it from the hair, down to the stockings. As it appears, fashion has always been a broad topic of discussion in the world. Whether it is NY Fashion Week or a Macy’s fashion show, fashion is something that has always been an eye catcher. Fashion has been around for many years, and whether we know it or not, Elizabethan fashion has influenced the way modern fashion is today. Elizabethan women dressed reasonably different than we do today. Women often wore many layers. The first layer would always be the shift, which was something similar to a man’s button down shirt seen today. Next, two petticoats were put on. Next, the actual gown was put on. The gown included a full trailing skirt that was often lifted and fastened to make walking easier. Sleeves were commonly full and bell-shaped, as seen in figure one. Belts and girdles were an impor...

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