17th Century Cavaliers Had a Seriously Bad Rep

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People have always used fashion to judge people but the flamboyant looks of 17th Century London inspired some intense abuse – or maybe the wearers’ actions were more responsible for such a reputation. The term cavalier was actually an insult created by the roundheads who disapproved of the elaborate excesses of the fashionable elite. It … Read more

Five Rather Sexy Facts on Elizabethan Ruffs

Sexy to another plate-swallowing bird maybe but nonetheless from our earliest history lessons to advanced costume studies the ruff is an incredible work of art almost totally lost to our present-day culture and yet ingrained in the Early Modern period in Europe. One puritan Philip Stubbes recorded his highly critical views of the frivolous fashion in … Read more