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Important Events in Fashion
|800||Charlemagne is crowned emperor of a realm that includes much of modern France, Germany, and Italy, creating the social structures necessary for the development of a system of fashion.|
|c. 808||Emperor Charlemagne decrees the first medieval sumptuary law to regulate the price of clothing.|
|1066||The Anglo-Saxons are defeated by the Normans at the Battle of Hastings. William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, now king of England, introduces Norman dress to the English court.|
|1095||The First Crusade begins, and French warriors travel to Constantinople (the capital of the Christian Byzantine Empire—modern Istanbul, Turkey) to stage a battle for control of the Holy Land, then under Muslim rule. Returning crusaders will popularize Eastern silks in Europe and initiate Byzantine influence in costume.|
|c. 1100||"Courtly dress" is first described in literature and public records.|
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