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Italian Renaissance

At the end of the 15th Century, as Gothic fashion reached its peak in Burgundy, Italian Renaissance started to develop. In Florence, dominated by the immensely rich Medici family, art unfolds as in Venice and Urbino. Scientists and artists began to observe and depict humans and nature, giving rise to a new form of realistic art. Clothing is an expression of human personality and the formation of individual taste.
Building up on ancient styles, all parts fit seamlessly together in a harmonious whole. At the same time, people appreciated the freedom of movement provided by clothing. Materials remain sumptuous and precious. Italian silk weaving increasingly unfolds; elaborate brocades and velvets, woven with gold and silver and oriental patterns, take centre stage.

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