The Age of the Baroque and Enlightenment 1600-1800: Fashion - Research Article from Arts and Humanities Through the Eras

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c. 1600 In Spain, a fondness for somber colors and restrained but opulent decoration reigns. Elsewhere in Europe these elements of Spanish design often meld with native traditions to produce imaginative, but sometimes distorted and bizarre regional variations.
1603 Elizabeth I of England dies. As part of the inventory taken of her goods, scores of opulent dresses are noted in her private collection, most of which come into the possession of her successor James I's wife, Anne of Denmark.
1604 A bill is introduced in the English Parliament that abolishes all sumptuary laws in the country. When James I tries repeatedly to proclaim sumptuary legislation himself, his measures are struck down by Parliament.
c. 1620 The dominance of Spanish fashions begins to fade in court societies throughout Europe.
The popularity of ruffs, starched collars pleated into elaborate folds, wanes in Northern Europe.
c. 1625 Dutch fashions become...

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