Once Upon a Time….

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Great historical human fashion-statements and rationale. Some of your side notes were hysterically funny and I blushed several times just looking at the “codpieces”. I hope that style doesn’t come back in fashion anytime soon because men still have problems with zippers.🙂

Vagabond Traders

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Codpieces briefly reared their head during the renaissance period and reached their peak in 1550’s. Every man who donned a pair of leggings wore a codpiece, regardless of age, sexual orientation or religion persuasion. For some reason, fashionistas of the 1500’s thought that a man running around in a pair of leggings with a short tunic fastened at the waist and a protruding codpiece looked sexy. Men, especially in the upper classes, were extremely concerned with clothing and footwear; and had a fondness for finery which included silks and scarlets. This is clearly demonstrated during the 15th, 16th and 17th century with many young men being prone to reducing their family fortunes with their predilection for fashionable frippery, including ornate bulging codpieces

Codpieces were not an invention of the renaissance. Simple codpieces have been found on figures excavated at Knossos on the Minoan island of Crete.

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2 thoughts on “Codpieces – Renaissance vanity or necessity – Part 1

  1. Happy New Year, my friend !!!!! Wishing you the best and all your dreams come true in 2017 ❤ Elaina

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    1. Elaina, Happy New Year to you as well, my friend! Wishing you the very best in 2017 and may all your dreams come true too! The best is yet to be! 🙂

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