The Tudor period refers to a period of British history dated between 1485 and 1603. The period was highly influential, beginning with the ending of the War of Roses. In terms of fashion, the most iconic figure of the period was without a doubt Elizabeth I, seen in countless portraits in elaborate gowns dripping with jewellery. Clothing was used to indicate social status; peasants would wear basic floor-length chemises whereas the more affluent would wear heavily embellished corsets over (or under) chiffon shirts with billowing sleeves. In general, necklines were low and square, whereas skirts would be floor-length and usually paired with underskirts to increase fullness.

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Jacob Hall is a modern languages student currently working freelance as a fashion journalist. Can generally be found lurking around the Givenchy menswear section of the Birmingham Bullring!

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