Early Tudor Men's Garments #53
The Renaissance in England
Period Patterns number 53, Early Tudor Men's Garments, c. 1495-1537, contains patterns for 3 gowns, 3 skirted doublets, 1 skirted jerkin, 2 skirtless doublets and 3 shirts (sizes 36-48).
This pattern goes with Period Pattern #43, 92, and 93.
The Tudor period marked the beginning of the Renaissance in England,and fashion (especially after 1509) reflected the change. Henry VII,who usurped the throne in 1485, was extremely frugal, and fashion changed slowly during his reign. Henry VIII inherited the throne with a large treasury at the age of 18, and the court blossomed. He was insecure, aggressive, blatantly masculine and suddenly extremely rich. All of which reflected in the opulent new fashions, especially for men. During Henry's reign, styles for both sexes combined elements of German, Spanish and Italian fashions, with heavy French influence overall. The quintessence of what is usually thought of as "Tudor" fashion is shown in view IV for men, and view V for women.
During Henry VII's reign, the houpelande (Period Patterns no. 26) became a robe or gown, opening down the front, soon left unbelted and open. This was worn over a skirted doublet, shirt and hose (Period Patterns #43). Slashing became popular, and the modest codpiece became a grotesque brag. As Henry VIII aged he favored short full gowns to hide his increasing bulk, thus creating a square silhouette.
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