A full discourse on sixteenth century clothing is little beyond our capabilities,
but we can discuss a few points, especially with regard to middle class
clothing (a much neglected subject). Keep in mind that the extravagant
clothing of the upper classes did not reflect what the laboring or peasant
classes wore. Click on the images for more detail on the clothing of men
and women. The illustrations used in the following two sections are
taken from Herbert Norris' long out of print book Costume and Fashion.
This text should not be used without corrobation from another source,
as Norris does contain inaccuracies (he politely refrains from drawing
the codpieces on outfits, for example). However, the line drawings reproduce
nicely and make small image files! Most illustrate English costume, but
for the most part pictures have been chosen that illustrate styles also
found in France.
See the Poulet Gauche
Poster Girl in the Costume Picture Gallery !
This section is undergoing significant revision.
Other useful web resources:
to Poulet GaucheBibliography