The Topless Renaissance – French History, Women’s History

It’s our first-ever dead fashion: the Reniassance trend of showing one boob! Believe it or not, that was an actual fashion among court ladies in France and beyond. That’s right, we’re really classing it up today. We’re talking about the topless Renaissance.

Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Pics, references, and more at www.deadideas.net.

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References

Boileu, J. (fl. 1678). A Just and Seasonable Reprehension of Naked Breasts and Shoulders Written by a Grave and Learned Papist. Cooke, E., Trans.

“Historian Reveals Janet Jackson’s ‘Accidental’ Exposing of her Breast was the Height of Fashion in the 1600s.” (Press Release). University of Warwick. Retrieved: Apr 29, 2018, from: https://web.archive.org/web/20040803155530/http:/www.newsandevents.warwick.ac.uk/index.cfm?page=pressrelease&id=1858

McShane, A. (2004, Mar). “Revealing Mary.” History Today, 54(3). Retrieved Apr 29, 2018, from: https://www.historytoday.com/angela-jones/revealing-mary

Randolph, T. (1875). “The Muse’s Looking Glass.” Poetical and Dramatic Works of Thomas Randolph, Vol. 1. P. 240.

Thorpe, V. (2015, Jan. 24). “From Venus to Katie Price: A Brief History of the Breast.” The Guardian. Retrieved Apr 30, 2018, from: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/25/beauty-breast-the-sun-female-form

 

 

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