Dress

Portrait de Jeanne d'Aragon, by Raffaello Sanzio (c.1518)

Possibly the most recognisable trait of costume during this period was the slashing of clothing. This new effect was created by leaving seams open to reveal the coloured lining underneath, or cuts were made in the entire costume and contrasting material puffed out from these cuts.

Another characteristic of Renaissance clothing was the use of points, or laces, to hold the clothing together. On both men and women points were used to lace parts of the sleeves together over a shirt or chemise and to hold the sleeve to the doublet or bodice.

The male costume was dominated by a loose shirt under a doublet. The hose were sewn together except for the front where the codpiece was tied over the opening. The overall effect was loose and casual.

In female costume, the same ideals applied. The gown was typically separated into bodice and skirt and was frequently worn under a sleeveless outergown slit below the waist at centre front or at the sides.

After 1500, clothing became rounder and was made from thicker, heavier fabrics. This new style made men and women look much heavier than they had at the close of the 15th century.