Legit’s Historical Fashion Masterpost


All right guys, I’ve decided to put together another masterpost for you – this time on historical fashion. This could get lengthy so… bear with me. (Forgive me also if some of the dates are a touch inaccurate – I’m not a historian and I’m going with what Google gives me.)

Prehistory –

Neolithic Clothing – The beginnings of textiles, some woven materials, leather, etc. Circa 102000 BCE – 2000 BCE

Bronze Age Britain – The development of more sophisticated textiles, including wool and some ornamentation, including brooches. Circa 3200 BCE – 600 BCE

Iron Age Clothing (Europe) – Even more sophisticated, ornamented clothing, textiles, hairstyles. Dyed clothing arises. Circa 1200 BCE – 1 BCE (in Europe)

Fashion of the Ancient World

Clothing of Mesopotamia – i.e, Babylon. Also Mesopotamian jewelry. Circa 3000 BCE – 300 BCE

Clothing of Ancient Egypt – All eras.

Clothing of Ancient India – An overview.

Ancient Greek Clothing + Wikipedia for Definitions

Ancient Roman Clothing + More Rome

Ancient Celtic Clothing


Biblical Clothing – i.e., Primarily Ancient Hebrew

Byzantine Clothing

*Note: I’m not including many cultures here (such as Asian/South American) simply because of my own lack of expertise + time and space limitations in this masterpost.

Medieval Clothing

Wikipedia Overview

Anglo-Saxon Clothing – (Pre-Norman Invasion)

England 1066-1087 – Ish

1100 – 1200 in European Fashion – Wikipedia

1200 – 1300 in European Fashion – Wikipedia

*A Note on Women’s Fashion – Tight lacing did NOT appear until about 1340, which means that shapely, comely bodices would not have appeared in fashion before this time.

14th Century Women’s Fashion – The stereotypical “medieval” look with wimple, long sleeves, etc.

Sexy Sexy Knights

Suits of Armor & Their Component Parts

Suit of Armor – Labeled Photo for Reference

15th Century Clothing

The Renaissance

History of the Corset – Italian in origin. Introduced to France in the 1500s.

15th Century Florence

*Note: For the Tudor and Elizabethan eras of fashion it’s important to note that there were laws in place which dictated what clothing you could wear due to your social class.

Tudor Era Clothing – King Henry VIII, et al

Tudor Dress & Its Component Parts

Elizabethan Clothing

Tudor/Elizabethan Corsets – Corsets during this time created a shape with a flat chest and narrow waist.

Jacobean Era Dress – 1603 – 1625

And Beyond

Baroque/Rococo Fashion – France 1650 – 1800

What to Wear in the English Civil War

The “Naughty” Side of 18th Century French Fashion – NSFW. Ooh la la.

Pilgrims in Murica

American Revolutionary War Costumes

Colonial Clothing – 18th Century Murica

Colonial MenColonial Women

Overview of Native American Clothing – *Note: Please use this as a starting point only and do your own research. Remember that different groups have fashions specific to their cultures. This is more to know what NOT to do than to know what TO do.

Fashion Under the French Revolution

Regency Fashion – 1800-1845 England

Regency Corsets/Underthings

History of Victorian Fashion

Victorian Men’s Clothing

History of the Victorian Corset

Victorian Women’s Clothing By Layer – All 5 yo.

American Fashion – 1830s

Women’s Fashion During the Civil War

Twentieth Century

La Belle Époque 1895-1914

Edwardian Fashion – 1900-1919

Men’s Edwardian Fashion

Flapper Fashion

More 1920s1920s Hairstyles1920s Makeup

1930s Fashion1930s Hats and Hair1930s Makeup

1940s Fashion1940s Hairstyles1940s Makeup

1950s Fashion1950s Hairstyles1950s Makeup

Early 1960sMid/Late 1960s – 1960s Makeup History

1970s in General – 1970s Makeup – 1970s Hair

Punk Fashion

And I’m stopping here. You should have it after this point, kiddos.

You better appreciate this.

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