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Once the right kind of clothing had been identified there would be no need ever to change.

Elites naturally tried to preserve the signalling of high rank through fine clothing.

Moralists across Europe really believed that dress shaped people’s mentalities, so that fine foreign clothing, for instance, would make a person more affected and licentious.

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The word ‘fashion’ gained currency in different languages during the Renaissance. Boorde depicted an almost naked Englishman on a woodcut, cheerily announcing: ‘Now I will wear I cannot tell what, all fashions be pleasant to me.’ Boorde thought that the English would never be role models for other nations if they assimilated other fashions.

His book was also the first in Europe to include woodcut depictions of people in different dress from across Europe.

Very small people were considered deformed and were given the role of grotesque fools.

Italian doctors already wrote books about cosmetic surgery.

Sumptuary laws, dating from Roman times and so called after the Latin word meaning expense, had multiplied during the Renaissance.

These sought to limit the amount of money wealthy people could spend on apparel, so as to limit competitive spending.

Merchants expanded markets in courts and cities by making chic accessories such as hats, bags, gloves or hairpieces, ranging from beards to long braids.

At the same time, new media and the spread of mirrors led to more people becoming interested in their self-image and into trying to imagine how they appeared to others; artists were depicting humans on an unprecedented scale, in the form of medals, portraits, woodcuts and genre scenes, and print circulated more information about dress across the world, as the genre of ‘costume books’ was born.

When, how and why did looks become deeply embedded in how people felt about themselves and others? I use the term in its widest sense to describe a long period, from c.1300 to 1600.

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