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1 BEAUTY THROUGH THE AGES By: Bernadette M. Berger


3 A.D. The Renaissance era spread all throughout Europe and was inspired by the philosophical belief of Humanism. Many artists during this time strove to reproduce the artistic styles of ancient Grecians and Romans. Artist such as Raphael, Lucas Cranach and Botticelli all have their own view of beauty and portray that view in their works. These perceptions, found in Renaissance art, are what led the trends of the day and dictated what Renaissance society viewed as beautiful.

4 Its impetus was the philosophy of Humanism, which strove to resurrect and emulate the literature and art of the ancient Greeks and Romans. – N. Haughton

5 Especially in England, cosmetics were generally mistrusted as sorcery designed to trick helpless men. In essence, Renaissance women faced the same challenges that we do today - they had to look like their beauty was effortless. Unfortunately, to achieve effortless beauty, women had to absorb more toxic ingredients than the average lab rat. – C. Beccia



8 If we examine pieces of art work from the Renaissance period the beauty trends of the era are obvious to find…

9 Leonardo da Vincis Mona Lisa Thin eyebrows High hair line Pale skin


11 1558–1603 A.D. The Elizabethan Era is considered by many to be the height of the Renaissance. It marks the time during Queen Elizabeth's reign over England. Although Elizabeth maintained great control over her country; it is also known that she dictated the course of the times trends as well.

12 Different beauty attributes signified an importance Pale skin = high social status since your days were spent indoors shielded from the sun Many people went to great lengths to meet the Queens beauty Bleaching & plucking of hair is just one of many examples

13 Light (Red) hair Extravagant wardrobe Pale complexion Ornate hair pieces Red lips


15 The 18 th century was a time of formality and decadence. Both women and mens fashion shifted and followed a more proper manner. Similar to today, the wealthy spent countless hours and money on their appearance and rose the bar each time they wore a new outfit in attempts to out do their friends.

16 T HE A VERAGE 18 TH C ENTURY M AN Men wore complicated outfits with many layers of pea coats and undergarments While only some men wore make- up, almost all men spent time preparing and braiding their hair into the perfect style

17 T HE A VERAGE 18 TH C ENTURY W OMAN Many woman took queue from Marie Antoinette who was a major contributor to the fashion world Hairstyles became even more complex, reaching unnatural heights (sometimes even springs were used to keep them up right) Corsets were also very popular during this time and were very uncomfortable to wear; however, women endured this pain at the price of being socially accepted.



20 1837–1901 The Victorian Era began with modest fashion Women wore simple clothing and men dressed casually


22 The Roaring Nineteen-Twenties

23 Fashion during this time was altered for the comfort and mobility of the everyday woman Clothes were made with the woman in mind and never again would women have to suffer wearing corsets any longer Many women such as C OCO C HANEL took initiative to structure her own wardrobe to suite what she wanted to wear not what society told her to

24 Flapper dresses were created to enable women easier mobility when dancing Women began showing more skin at the turn of the century showing the overall more liberal movement Mens clothing were adopted into many womens closets due their comfort

25 A great accessory that many women dawned was the hat A popular way many women wore their hat was by covering their entire forehead (very different from the Renaissance era)

26 The Great Depression { } Americas Great Depression brought the whimsical fashions of the 20s to a halt Women forgot about their affinity for a boyish figure and began to dress more feminine again Hemlines grew longer and waistlines traveled up

27 At this time the film industry experienced a boom in sales and women across the globe looked to movie starlets for fashion trends… Joan Crawford in Letty LyntonVivian Leigh in Gone With the WindLana Turner in They Won't Forget Mae WestRita Hayworth

28 K ATHERINE H EPBURN Wore clothes which she wanted to wear & shocked women everywhere when she wore mens pants suits and other modern clothes. Completely altered the fashion world permanently.

29 1950 S

30 Trends did not change too drastically during the 50s. Women were still viewed as objects and many continued to dress femininely

31 BOMBSHELLS Many people began idolizing certain celebrities as sex- symbols. Women such as: Brigitte Bardot Marilyn Monroe Hazel Court Eartha Kitt

32 1960s Fashion went wild during this time and many different trends evolved throughout the decade. Trends originated from different areas around the world Although the decade began conservative it ended with a bang, being very liberal

33 Early 1960s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a style icon for American women while her husband was in office. Her wardrobe was simple yet elegant and women world wide followed her fashion for the newest trends

34 The Mod mid 60s With the creation of Mary Quants mini skirt the era of mod fashion began Britain was the forerunner for fashion during this time

35 The Hippie Era

36 The 1970s Disco

37 The 1980s Top 10 trends of the 80s [from] Shoulder Pads Mini Skirts Large Earrings

38 Fingerless Gloves Puffy Pants Members Only Jackets Unit Dresses Stirrup Leggings Oversized Tops

39 1990s The final decade of the century entered into the grunge phase Some trends included… Overalls Flannel High wasted pants Floral dress & clogs Doc Martins Fanny packs

40 This decade was a mixture many different trends from grunge pocket chains to Birkenstock sandals.


42 2000s The early 21 st century is a mess of chic simple designs with cheap trends. Models on the runway have shrunk to abnormal sizes and purses have grown to ridiculous proportions. Although there is no staple outfit which could completely summarize the early 2000s, this era was and still is a time of individuality. For the first time people are controlling the trends and there are many different popular looks at one time. In the fast paced life, there is barely time to keep up and by the time one fad is popular and new one is ready to make its mark on society.


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