Here’s a massive fashion reference post, listing everything from Prehistory times, Medieval times, the Renaissance period, the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century! (I particularly love the Medieval clothing and Flapper era). Check the list below and follow the link to specific resources.
- Neolithic Clothing – The beginnings of textiles, some woven materials, leather, etc. Circa 102000 BCE – 2000 BCE.
- Bronze Age Britain – The development of more sophisticated textiles, including wool and some ornamentation, including brooches. Circa 3200 BCE – 600 BCE
- Dyed clothing arises Early Iron Age in Europe Circa 1200 BCE – 1 BCE
- Iron Age Clothing (Europe) – Even more sophisticated, ornamented clothing, textiles, hairstyles.
- History of the Tartan and Kilts (Also includes a unique history of weaving by the Scots and Celts. ) Iron age in West of Northern Britain and Ireland in the 5th to 6th century BC.
Fashion of the Ancient World
- Clothing of Mesopotamia – i.e, Babylon. Circa 3000 BCE – 300 BCE
- Clothing of Ancient Egypt – All eras (Wikipedia)
- Clothing of Ancient India – An overview.
- Ancient Greek Clothing & Wikipedia for Definitions
- Ancient Roman Clothing & More Roman Clothing
- Ancient Celtic Clothing (NOT to be mistaken for Scottish tartans)
- Viking Age
- Biblical Clothing – i.e., Primarily Ancient Hebrew (Wikipedia)
- Byzantine Clothing (Wikipedia)
*Note: I’m not including many cultures here (such as Asian/South American) simply because of my own lack of expertise + time and space limitations in this masterpost.
- English Wikipedia Overview
- Anglo-Saxon Clothing – (Pre-Norman Invasion)
- England 1066:1087– King William the First’s rule
- 1100 – 1200 in European Fashion (Wikipedia)
- 1200 – 1300 in European Fashion* (Wikipedia)
- 14th Century Women’s Fashion – The stereotypical “medieval” look with wimple, long sleeves, etc.
- Medieval Knight’s Clothing
- European Helmets
- Suits of Armor & Their Component Parts
- Suit of Armor – Labeled Photo for Reference
- 15th Century Clothing
- Medieval and Gothic Europe- Crowns, Hair Styles, Hats, and Helmets
*A Note on Women’s Fashion – Tight lacing did NOT appear until about 1340, which means that shapely, comely bodices would not have appeared in fashion before this time.
- Renaissance European Hairstyles and Headwear
- History of the Corset – Italian in origin. Introduced to France in the 1500s.
Tudor Era Clothing & Apparel Laws* – King Henry VIII, et al.
- Underwear for Men & Women – Tudor Codpiece – Tudor Hats
- Clothes for the Rich : Doublet (Jacket) – Ruff (Collar) – King’s Apparel –Elaborate Costumes/Fashion for Men/Women
- Tudor Dress & Its Component Parts
- Tudor Make-Up – Tudor Hair Styles for Men & Women
- Tudor Jewelry for the Rich & Poor
- Clothes for the Poor
*Note: For the Tudor and Elizabethan eras of fashion it’s important to note that there were laws in place which dictated what clothing you could wear due to your social class.
To design tudor clothing or illustrate your character, try the Tudor Scene Maker at dolldivine.com
1600’s to 1800’s
- Jacobean Era Dress – 1603 to 1625
- Baroque/Rococo Fashion – France 1650 to 1800
- Headwear of the 17th Century
- What to Wear in the English Civil War (NOT the American Civil War!)
- The “Naughty” Side of 18th Century French Fashion
- American Pilgrim Clothing– Children, Men, and Women.
- American Revolutionary War Costumes – Specific to country, rank, and position in army.
- 18th Century– Colonial Clothing.
- Directoire Headwear and Hairstyles 1795-1799
- Fashion Under the French Revolution 1789 to 1802
- Regency Fashion – England 1800 to 1825
- French Consulate and Empire 1800-1815: Haircuts (and side burns), and Headwear such as Napoleon’s hat
- The Romantic Period 1815-1840: Hairstyles and Headwear according to countries
- Wigs and other Headwear of the 18th Century
- Regency Corsets/Underthings
Victorian Era- History of Victorian Fashion (1837-1901)
- Victorian Men’s Clothing
- Victorian and Second Empire 1840-1870: Hairstyles and Headwear
- History of the Victorian Corset
- Victorian Women’s Clothing By Layer – All 5 yo.
- Victorian Accessories Boasting Wealth
- American Fashion – 1830s
- 1870-1880 Hairstyles, Headwear, Beards, and Mustaches (Age of the Sherlock Holmes Hat)
- 1880-1890 Hairstyles, Headwear, Mustaches (but no Beards)
- The Gilded Age 1890-1900: Time of the Fedora, the van Dyke, and other headwear styles
- La Belle Époque 1895-1914
- Edwardian Fashion – 1900 to 1919
- 1900-1910: London Headwear & Hairstyles for men, Parisian Headwear and Hairstyles for Women
- Flapper Fashion (1920s)- More 1920s Fashion
- 1930s Fashion –
- 1940s Fashion –
- 1950s Fashion –
- Early 1960s – Mid/Late 1960s – 1960s Makeup History
- 1970s in General –
Punk Fashion (Wikipedia)