The Introduction of Cote-Hardy|Medieval Time Dresses


of the major changes in European clothing in the 14th century was shifting from straight cuts and loose dresses to more detailed cuts, which made it appear more body fitting. This was the beginning of Tailoring.

Cote hardy is a medieval costume style started to appear in the fourteenth century Europe. What made it stand out is that its form fitted, sleeved, buttoned down at the front with a low waist. It has elbow length sleeves (after 1350 this elbow flap lengthened into a long narrow, hanging band known as the Tippet). At that time the low-cut was considered extremely amazing.

Buttons started to be used to join pieces of clothing and to decorate narrow and long cut sleeves. Narrow clothing with attention to direction of body curves.

When both men and women began to use fillers, their breasts started to appear larger.


Color matching was replaced with the use of contrasting colors, dresses in different colors for both men and women started to be popular.

Changes in Fashion started to accelerate from this time on. Clothes became an indication of social status, but the variety of fabrics, head accessories, belts, gloves, headscarves and shoes made social differences still unclear and blurry.


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