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Classic, as you know, immortal. Its heard all styles, but few are able to distinguish Empire from modern. So, it’s time to learn what classical styles and how they differ from each other.

Antique style . Features five distinguished antique clothes: pattern, structure, proportionality, symmetry, appropriateness. At that time the mortal body of our first ancestor came to be regarded as the mirror tribute to mirror the perfection of the world. Accordingly, the clothes also had to bend the laws of logic and harmony. In this regard, we developed the five requirements. What do they mean?

Regularity and organization was called the cloth use is strictly of a certain width, in accordance with the size of the loom. The clothes weren’t cut, but only gathered matter into vertical folds. The proportionality and symmetry of the dress was reflected in their strict conformity to the structure of the human figure. Without exception, all followed the motto born in Greece: “Everything in moderation”. Great importance was given to the appropriateness of clothing — she had to conform to the shape and needs of the owner.

Antique style is the image of the “Greek columns”, reaching upwards towards the light and perfection. Here are its main features: thin solid matter, a lot of vertical folds, belt strictly on lineaitalia, shoes one sole (the main advantage of feet, not sandals). In plumage it is very simple and elegant, no emphasis. All the frills have been left for jewelry and hairstyles.

The Romanesque style . Romanesque style with dignity carried the legacy of antiquity. His clothes were comfortable enough and appropriate. However, not without its excesses (which is so foreign to the Antica), which he called “barbaric innovations”. On the Romanesque style was influenced by the development of cottage industries. Dress remained simple in its design (it was now made from two parts), but there is rich decoration in the form of a wide braid or fringe. Let’s just say the emphasis was formerly on the jewelry, moved on to the clothes. Of course, disappeared and folds. Features of the Romanesque style can be considered: direct, non-contiguous cut clothes, rich decoration in the form of a fringe, extended downward of the sleeve. This style subsequently found reflection in folklore.

The Gothic style. In the era of Gothic clothing is already customized to figure. Her expertly cut and sewed all the rules of tailoring art. To this day there is a perception that the Gothic pattern is hard to beat. To understand the pattern of the dress of the Gothic style, we must imagine the architecture of the Gothic — they are quite similar in their laws. The most important feature is the predominance of vertical lines. Gothic is the same aspiration upwards, as in the antique, but many times amplified, even exaggerated. One of only a cone shaped headdress is worth (its height sometimes exceeding 1 metre)! Generally sharpened the details are another characteristic feature of the Gothic style. In costume — pointy shoes, the vertical slits on the sleeves, pointed cuffs and deep V-shaped cutouts. The third omen clothing in the Gothic style — the excess of extremes. Unlike reasonable antiquity, where everything was in moderation. However, this applies not only to clothing.

The Renaissance style appeared under the influence of humanistic ideas of the Renaissance. New fashion of this style strove for harmony in symmetry and absence of frills. Renaissance waives the provisions of the non-standard zone (either above or below the waist) — only natural proportions! Gothic became “enemy number one” for all your art the bright ideals of antiquity. Narrow Gothic dress pushed more volume and natural clothing. The main task of the fashion of the Renaissance (according to her contemporaries) — creates rich and elegant clothes, can emphasize the dignity of the human person. For the first time women’s dress is divided into a long skirt and bodice (sometimes with lacing), is demonstrated in sections of underwear. To learn the clothing of the Renaissance style can be according to the following criteria: the use of expensive fabrics and complex patterns, unusual design of sleeves (partitioning them into several parts, the slits, the puff. ), the combination of two colors (and materials) in clothing.

Baroque. Fashion Baroque gave life to new fabrics and jewelry. If earlier it was mainly silk and lace, now replaced by metal and velvet. Fashion this style is marked by the pursuit of luxury and eccentricity. The suit has become so complex that to distinguish its separate parts is not possible. The Baroque style characteristic velvet coat and decorating his metal chain and buttons, and wide cuffs (both hard form and in the form of ruffles) and numerous satin ribbons. In women’s clothing — two skirts, one of which goes to the loop. The principle of the Baroque can be defined by the following phrase: “Formality, ceremonialist and stiffness of the heavy outfits.”

Rococo . First tired of the grandeur of the Baroque French court. The rights of perpetual trendsetter he offered intimate the clothing style, later called “Rococo”. Huge outfits of the previous the pores are reduced to the natural human sizes. Dresses Rococo compared to Baroque sleeker. Another feature of the Rococo became the “closeness to nature”. She expressed, however, very peculiar: the constructed hair ornaments in the form of flowers, fountains and even garden architecture. Men waiting for the imminent appearance of the first coat, but for the beginning of their wardrobe ripped all the decorations. That will allow us to distinguish the Rococo from other styles? First, the abundance of folds of clothing in connection with the use of the Atlas. Secondly, the appearance of the richest of underwear and stockings, helped by the clothing, very revealing body. Thirdly, the predominance of pastel colors in the clothes and plenty of accessories.

The Empire style followed the “footsteps” of the ancient fashion (though only in the ladies ‘ clothing). The same simple lines, the same flowing vertical folds. The difference was observed in the shift of the waist line under the chest and the sleeves in the typical “flashlight”. Mandatory steel deep neckline, captivating simplicity and sophistication to hairstyles. Footwear also like antique versions. Other business — clothes men. In their wardrobe appeared a dark coat. The coat required a high collar with a tie, patterned vest and a top hat.

Dandy. In the early nineteenth century created the type of modest, but perfectly dressed gentleman – dandy. The most exemplary representative of dandyism, originated in England, was George Bryan Brummel. The main sign of style dandy — external simplicity of the clothes together with its high cost and perfect cut. And still — increasing role of tie dandy becomes the only eye-catching decoration on white (impossible!) shirt.

Romanticism . The era of romanticism connected with the active development of industry, which allowed to dress fashionably, not only nobles but also the commoners. From here and a few petty-bourgeois character. A man dressed in a romantic style, had two flashy pieces of toilet: the collar, which is even higher and tougher, and the cuffs, which hang down below the sleeves of his coat. The day the brave gentlemen’s neck was adorned with a black tie and evening white. Added and a soft felt hat. Women’s dress in romantic design features a fitted bodice, wide sleeves (nicknamed “mutton ham”), and lots of ruffles, flounces and bows.

Modern. The costume of the modern epoch disclaims all old norms and swears a whole new ideal. Inspiration all toilets became mother nature. The most common types of women’s garments were Lily, chrysanthemum and Orchid. At first the polls ladies wore dresses S-shaped silhouette, but Isadora Duncan gave the example of a different kind. With her light hand came into fashion loose translucent dresses. Art Nouveau is impossible to confuse with any other style. His smartness and extravagance, coupled with fantastic images could strike any imagination.