European Dress Throughout History
The Long Sleeves or (Tippet)
The word tippet has two forms in European dress history, it is a long-shaped sleeve started to appear in Europe by 1300. “Tippets are streamer-like strips of fabric which appear to be attached to a band circling the upper arm just above the elbow”, In the 15th century, the designation tippet came to signify a long streamer (also called liripipe) extending from a hat or hood. Tippet may also refer to an 18th-century cape like or scarf like garment worn around the neck and hanging down at the front
Long sleeves started to appear more clearly in 1450. By 1475, the waistline was highlighted with a belt and the underneath dress was visible from the bottom.
In the photo you will see a French style dress, with sleeves wide and dropping from the period between 1450-1500.
Two Layered Skirt
The two layered skirt started to appear more evidently in 1500. Before 1500 women dresses were draped concealing the shape and waistline. Over time, the use of draped dresses was abandoned, and women’s clothing began to consist of two basic parts, the upper and the underneath of the skirt. the arms were often considered a separate piece of clothing. Thus, the transition from draped clothing sitting on the body and revealing the curves were a complete transition for dress design. Skirts were also long starting from the waist. The front of the outer skirts was left open to show the underskirt. The inner skirts made the dress appear bell-shaped and defined the silhouette of the period. Corsages filled with materials became more flat and harder.
By 1500-1560 noble women had much wider and longer sleeves with two layered skirt dress.