The beginnings of fashion are often traced to the courts and cities of medieval southern Europe. Should we be looking further north?
Scents; cosmetics; essences: D.C.S. Wiltshire finds that enormous variety for the unguents were produced in fashionable Roman world.
In the Elizabethan Age feminine extravagance was often satirised by English dramatists and poets. During the seventeenth century, writes Brenda Gourgey, it rose to even more fantastic heights.
The make-up master died on August 30th, 1938.
During the 1770s there emerged a new type of fashionable fellow: the Macaroni, whose style was frequently and easily lampooned by cartoonists and the media.
As the arbiter of taste to high society, Beau Brummell became a friend of the Prince Regent. It wouldn’t last. By Nicholas Storey.
Christina Walkley reflects on the crinoline: a controversial style of skirt that became a short-lived fashion phenomenon.
Richard Weight reassesses Quentin Bell’s 1951 article on the morality of fashion, which anticipated the enormous social and stylistic changes of the 1960s.
Stella Mary Pearce uses the example of the Renaissance to reflect on the links between interesting times and their fashions.
Quentin Bell unveils deeper meanings from the ever-evolving history of fashion and fancy dress.