Attire Club Mood Board: The Renaissance in World Fashions

The Renaissance is the period in European history, ranging from the 14th to the 17th century. It was one of the most flourishing times in history, as creativity boomed upon the discoveries of the ancient world by medieval people. In this sense, the Renaissance is a cultural bridge between the Middle Ages and Modernity. The Renaissance started out in Italy, but later spread to the rest of Europe.

Renaissance clothes are generally marked by voluminous garments worn in an abundance of layers. Contrasting fabrics, embroidery, applied trims and many other types of ornaments were also the marks of clothing worn by the upper classes of Europeans.

Generally, when they think of the Renaissance, people think of Italy, but the Renaissance did actually spread almost everywhere in Western Europe.


In other parts of the world, fashions were more or less similar. While other cultures across Asia or the Middle East did not see a Renaissance as Western Europe did, their clothes did sometimes do resemble in one way or another the clothes of Europeans.

In the 16th century book “Kostüme der Männer und Frauen in Augsburg und Nürnberg, Deutschland, Europa, Orient und Afrika” (“Costumes of Men and Women in Augsburg and Nurnberg, Germany, Europe, the Orient and Africa”), one (or more) anonymous authors painted around three hundred national costumes.

While it’s not sure where the manuscript originated, it was more likely created in Augsburg. There were only a few manuscripts of the type created during the period.

The descriptions of the clothes, namely their origin, should be taken with a grain of salt, as they were adapted and modernized, and can sometimes be wrong.

Despite this, the images themselves are quite interesting as they present a world of great shades, color combinations and draping. A lot of draping.


Assyria, Arabia, Croatia


Assyria, Arabia, Croatia


Greece, Ta(r)tar peoples, Iraq, Saracen peoples








Northern Greece, Ethiopia and Ta(r)tar people


Russia, Poland, Finland, Lapland, Croatia


Russia, Poland, Finland, Moscow, Lapland, Croatia


The Orient





Fraquoh and Franchomme






Further reading:

AC Mood Board: Basel fashion in the 1630s

AC Mood Board: Medieval clothed horses

AC Mood Board: Royal, military and court costumes from the Jacobean era

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