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H213 notes, 4 October 2011 Cultural Changes after the Black Death; Italian Renaissance, part 1 A. Dress codes and the Black Death Preliminary documents: Odd that dress and fashion would be blamed for the Black Death or its return in the 1360s: Fashion revolution: Italy, 1200s (13 th century) o Buttons, buckles, gold and silver trims, great coats, medallions o Important commercial change : variety and availability at many price points o o Imitating military styles was a goal Sumptuary legislation (in city statutes) tried to control expenditures and/or display of luxury items o Worried also about the money spent on frivolities o Legislation appeared in Italian cities of the early 14 th century (before the plague); focused on women dictated cut, fabric & color of dresses, height of heels, depth of décolletage, number of fur cloaks separate laws for what prostitutes should wear o Two different objectives in controlling what people wore on the streets:
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course HIST-H 213 taught by Professor Charmichael during the Fall '11 term at Indiana.

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