14th Century Italian Women's Dress Clothing

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14th Century Italian Women's Dress Clothing
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In the 14th century, Italian women's clothing became a status symbol. Increases in personal wealth, imports from the East, improvements in textile manufacturing and the rise of influential merchants lead to increasingly luxurious clothing.


Fourteenth century women's underwear was simple. It consisted of a plain tunic with long, tight sleeves called a chemise and knee-length stockings.


A woman's outer garment consisted of a long, "V" necked gown with a flowing train. The front of the skirt was sometimes tucked into the belt. Details included scalloped edges and long, loose sleeves.


Unlike her Northern European counterpart, a 14th Century Italian woman often went hatless. Young women would either braid their hair or twist it with ribbons and wrap it around their heads. Older women wore a veil that wrapped all the way around the head called a wimple and a turban-like hat called a chaperon.

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