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The 1660s: Restoration Costume Comes to Life
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Lower Class Women and Men Gentry and Aristocracy, Women Gentry and Aristocracy, Men The Whole Look: Accessories Costume Focus: Women's Headwear & Neckwear
This workshop focuses on the decade in the 17th century in when great changes took place, not only politically, but also in fashion. The decade, which started in England with the restoration of monarchy, and a style of dress which was strongly influenced by Dutch fashion of the propserous middle class with its reminiscence of the first half of the 17th century, and then changed in the course of the decade to the 'persian mode' when in 1667 Charles II dressed in long coat and vest with breeches. This ensemble which developed until the end of the 17th century into the classical silhouette of the wide skirted justaucorps and tight waisted mantua everyone thinks of when imagining Baroque costume. It was a long way though with very distinctive fashion changes before this was accomplished.

We will look at male and female clothing from 1660 through to 1670 and occasionally to the earlier and later decades to point out fashion changes and the importance of influence from military, economy, and politics to the fashion of the time. The class won't be restricted to the costumes, but all accessories will be taken into consideration as well, a costume is never complete without the right hairstyle or wig, gloves, sashes, shoes, fan, jewelery, everything which makes the appearance of a person, whether high or lower classes, aristocracy, gentry or merchant, or even soldier and serving maid, but the class will focus on the fashion of the aristocracy.

The class concentrates on English fashion of the Restoration period, but won't be restricted to this island. Influence from other countries will be looked at and Dutch fashion and paintings be studied, as well as the emergence of the absolutism of fashion at the French court after Louis XIV's coming of age in 1661.

At the end of the course the participants will be able to put together a courtier's costume with all its accessories and even make-up where applicable, with the right choices of material, colour, cut and execution for a given year in the 1660s, taking into consideration the fashion changes of this decade, and portray a member of the restoration court of King Charles II, the 'Merry Monarch' and his famous beauties.

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