A HISTORY OF FASHION AND COSTUME: VOLUME 3 – ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND

Kathy Elgin

Bailey Publishing Associates Ltd., Hove, England

Year 2005

Pages 64

An eight-volume set examining the development of costume and fashion and the social history that gave rise to it. It depicts the changing styles, processes, and trends – from the first people to wear clothes in the last Ice Age to the courtly fashion of medieval Europe and to the globalization of Western style – that led us to the clothing of today. This volume states that the reign of Elizabeth I was one of the most dazzling periods of English history. It was the age of Shakespeare, of Walter Raleigh, and Francis Drake. While at home great advances were being made in science, religion, medicine, poetry, and drama, across the seas explorers were mapping a whole new world. Under Elizabeth, England enjoyed a long period of peace and prosperity. People had money to spend on luxuries, and more of them had time on their hands for leisure pursuits. It was the beginning of consumer culture, and clothing was the most obvious way of displaying the newfound wealth.

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