Fashion and innovation in Renaissance Italy

Evelyn Welch of the University of London has authored an article on hair coverings and accessories in Renaissance Italy and posted it online.

Art on the Edge: Hair, Hats and Hands in Renaissance Italy (abstract)

This paper argues that items designed for the bodily extremities such as hair-coverings, hats, fans and other accessories were valued for the ease with which they could be changed and adapted to express a range of different meanings: political, social and individual. They also provided an important point of contact between the world of commerce, the court elites and the wider community of men and women who purchased and used these goods. In studying these often marginalised items, we can explore mechanism for the transmission of concepts of fashion and innovation in the Renaissance period.

The 45-page paper is available in PDF format.