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Baroque Clothing. ‘if it ain’t Baroque don’t fix it.’. Types of Fabric mannerist period Heavier weight Complex Brocades Velvet Metallic thread Heavy Satins And Taffeta Middle class used wool Country people homespun fabrics Linen and cotton used for under garments. Baroque Clothing.

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baroque clothing

Baroque Clothing

‘if it ain’t Baroque don’t fix it.’

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Types of Fabric mannerist period

  • Heavier weight
  • Complex Brocades
  • Velvet
  • Metallic thread
  • Heavy Satins And Taffeta
  • Middle class used wool
  • Country people homespun fabrics
  • Linen and cotton used for under garments
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  • Taffeta-usually smooth, crisp, and lustrous, plain-woven, and with a fine crosswise rib effect. Any of various other fabrics of silk, linen, wool, etc., in use at different periods.
  • Brocades-fabric woven with an elaborate design, esp. one having a raised overall pattern.
  • Homespun fabrics-a plain-weave cloth made at home, or of homespun yarn.
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The Wedding Dance in the Open Air1566oil on panel 119x157cm Bruegel

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Portrait of Francis I, King of France

c. 1540Oil on wood, 27 x 22 cm By Clouet

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Late mannerist Early Baroque Fabrics

  • Very Stiff
  • Much interlining
  • Much padding
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Early Baroque Fabrics



Fabrics now soft flowing

Natural fabric showing

Middle class and poor still were woolen clothes

Lace is now being used in both Venice and Flanders

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The Company of Frans Banning Cocq (Nightwatch)Dutch Baroqueoil on canvas1642by Rembrandt

The Calling of St. MatthewItalian Baroqueoil on canvas1599-1600by Caravaggio

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Late Baroque Fabric

  • Same as Early Baroque
  • Metallic threads and Brocades are being brought back
  • Women still not wearing corsets
  • Printed cotton garments are being seen in France and England
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Queen Henrietta Maria, London 1632 -- Anthony Van Dyck

Chancellor Séguier1655-57 (100 Kb); Canvas; Louvre – Le Brun

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Men start to wear petticoat's

  • Men start to wear wigs instead of growing hair to shoulders.
  • Hat differ from area to area see page 257 in hand out.
  • Woad was a European herb (Isatis tinctoria) of the mustard family grown for the blue dyestuff yielded by its leaves - cultivated as a source of blue dye
  • Madder was a European herb (Rubia tinctorum) the root of which was used in dyeing cultivated as a source of red dye
  • Weld was a European plant (Reseda luteola) cultivated as a source of yellow dye - also called dyer's rocket, dyer's mignonette and also known as dyer's broom
  • Lichen - A plant of the division Lichenes which occur as crusty patches or bushy growths on tree trunks or rocks or bare ground etc - a source of green dye
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The source of the dye for Tyrian Purple was made in Tyre, Lebanon by crushing thousands of sea shells - Mediterranean Murex

  • The source of the dye for Indigo, the deep, rich dark blue was from the indigo plants and the dye was imported from India
  • The source of the dye for Crimson cloth was cochineal from the bodies of the Cochineal insects of Central America produced by the Aztecs
  • Another, older, source of the dye for crimson and bright scarlet cloth was Kermes a Mediterranean insect.
  • The colorfast yellow dye produced from saffron, the dried stamen of an oriental crocus
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