The Beauty of a Renaissance Costumes and Dresses
Many Renaissance enthusiasts enjoy wearing them to Renaissance faires and festivals. But, on Halloween, those who cannot attend these special festivities, can still enjoy the historical fashion and fun of this era in fashion.
Due to they year round popularity, there are a lot of Renaissance costumes available. Several ready made costumes are featured in this article and are available to purchase. I have also included Renaissance costume patterns for those of you who prefer a handmade original.
1550-1600 ~ The Elizabethan Era
Renaissance Fashion: A Touch of History
During the Elizabethan era, there was a huge focus on the decorations and sleeves of the dress. Dresses were layered and the collars, sleeves and cuffs of the chemise were pulled out and ruffled as contrast for the outer dress. Inserts known as “partlets” could be used instead of the chemise to accomplish the desired effect in appearance.
The skirts were worn open at the front and displayed the petticoat or a separate insert panel.
Anne Boleyn Grand Heritage Collection Adult Costume
Includes: Dress and headpiece
This costume was named for Anne Boleyn. In spite of the fact that Anne Boleyn was Queen of England prior to the Elizabethan Era, this dress still fits in the fashion design of the Renaissance period.
Elegant Renaissance Women’s Costume
Includes: Dress, headpiece and sheer veil
Truly reminiscent of the era, this dress has fabulous details. From the wide lace trim on the neckline and sleeves, the puffed shoulder sleeve caps with the additional draping sleeves, to the insert panel in the skirt, this dress is Renaissance perfection. An elegant design and a costume fit for a queen.
Maid Marion Renaissance Adult Costume
Definitely a fun-loving and lively dress! It features just enough “renaissance” detail, but is actually made for a more contemporary fit.
The dress is made of crushed velvet and accented with woven detailed ribbon trim. The bell outer sleeves are contrasted by the lighter pink under sleeves. In addition to the dress, this costume also includes the matching headpiece with veil.
Elegant Empress Costume
This burgundy gown with a brocade inset is the perfect Elizabethan Era costume. It also features a ruffled collar and “blouse” under sleeves accenting the draped over-sleeves add flare and the Renaissance detail we all love.
This costume includes a lovely tiara style headpiece with a drape for the finishing touches!
Elizabethan Princess Costume
We are all familiar with Queen Elizabeth and her “portrait” framing collars. If you desire that style, this costume would be excellent for that time period detail. As you can see, it also includes the panel insert in the skirt.
Padded shoulder rolls were also used to embellish dresses. Unlike the shoulder pads used on the inside of clothing in the 1900s, the padded shoulders of the Elizabethan era were worn on the outside of clothing to create shoulder rolls.
Renaissance Costume with Padded Shoulder Rolls
Renaissance Maiden Costume with Headpiece
This royal red gown is beautiful detailed with gold trim, gold under sleeves and matching front insert panel. Also, this costume includes a headpiece with drape. Such a lovely gown of burgundy and gold that is accentuated with gold trim. The dress features the long over sleeve, the gold under sleeve, as well as the illusion of a “partlet” at the neck.
Those details, coupled with the insert panel in the front of the gown, makes this costume the consummate Renaissance dress.
At the End of Elizabethan Era and the Renaissance Fashion
Toward the end of the Elizabethan era, dresses were fitted to the figure, but they still had an emphasis on the sleeves. It is at this time in history, that the extremely long hanging sleeves came into fashion.
Renaissance Queen Adult Costume
A beautiful blue dress with matching headpiece. Sleeve drapes give the illusion of the outer-sleeve which was so common in the Renaissance era, but without the added weight of heavy material.
Costume comes with the bronze colored metal belt that drapes at the waist.
Timeless Renaissance Fashion
Simple, Classic Beauty!
Loose dresses with hanging sleeves in various styles, were worn throughout the Renaissance period. Some of these dresses hung straight from the shoulders and were made without any waistline. I have included this dress because it fits the Renaissance criteria, but could also be worn again to parties with an emphasis on the ever popular “Lord of the Rings”.
This pale green dress is finished with the fitted upper arms and long, flowing sleeves. While this costume was originally made for the “Lord of the Rings” collection, the dress does still meet the Renaissance dress description because of the sleeves and the “partlet” at the neck.
Noble Lady Costume
Fur trimmed and detailed dresses were very fashionable during the Renaissance era. This costume is accented with beads and a corded belt. As you can see in the photo, the fur-trimmed sleeves are quite long.
A hat with an emblem and veil are also included.
Renaissance Dress Patterns
In Case You Don’t See a Ready Made Dress You Love
Sometimes we simply want something original, but originals cost a lot more than the ready made costumes. However, if you know how to sew, or perhaps know a seamstress, you can select your own fabric and trim to make your own unique costume.
More Information about Elizabethan Fashion
If you would like to learn more about the Elizabethan fashion era, we would like to recommend the following articles. Because their focus is on the history and not costumes, they give a must greater detail of fashion history than was covered in this article.
- Elizabethan Clothing
Extensive information regarding all elements of clothing and fashion during the Elizabethan era
- Elizabethan Upper Class Fashion
During the Elizabethan era, society was divided by class and social status. Class divisions were manifested in the clothes which were decreed by the law.
- Elizabethan Clothing and Fashion for Women
Clothing & fashion for women consisted of many layers.
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