Re: [CostumeHistoryClass] late assignments 1 - codpieces
- OK Here are the present locations of some codpiece pages:
Codpiece humor pages (!!!)
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> "There were so many freaks of fashion in this period..." I think
> this statement can apply to any period of fashion that we examine.
> Not just periods of the past centuries but even those periods a lot
> closer to our lifetimes, for example: the punk fashions of the
> 1970's, the 'ferals' from the 1990's, the platform shoes of the
> 1930's, the extremely short lycra mini skirts of the 1980's etc.
> These fashion trends always have their origin in the development of
> the fashion of that time, either to a) push the boundaries further,
> or, b) evolve from changes to contemporary fashion of that time.
> Men's codpieces seem to fall into the latter category ie changing
> fashion. The codpiece began as a flat piece of material which covered
> the slit in mens trousers or hose and therefore the genitals. As the
> fashion for shorter and shorter doublets/jackets developed in the
> 15th century the emphasis on the area between a man's legs grew.
> Previously this area was left either exposed or covered by a flat
> piece of material and since doublets/jackets were low down on the hip
> this did not present a problem.
> Now however, this area had to be covered and the codpiece developed
> to cover and protect the man's genitals. Or as it is well known -
> the "family jewels". Soon the codpiece developed into a piece which
> men could also keep other valuables apart fron the family jewels.
> This grew in size until it reached ridiculous size and proportions -
> Many styles and sizes were made to suit all situations and soon
> became the object of admiration or envy. The female equivalent is the
> padded bra, where the similiarity extends to where the external
> appearance maybe hiding a disappointment once removed.
> As the wider and larger breeches became fashionable the need for
> codpieces decreased. Instead the room in these 'trousers' became more
> generous and eventually developed into pockets. Even though codpieces
> were no longer fashionable, men still needed to keep their valuables
> somewhere and pockets helped to meet this need.
> Today the only codpieces we see are on sports players like
> footballers, while we still hear stories about the men who will put a
> banana in their trouser to look more endowned, their version of the
> padded bra I guess.
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----Tara Maginnis, Ph.D., Costume Designer/Associate Professor
Chair of the Theatre Department of University of Alaska Fairbanks
Website: "The Costumer's Manifesto" at http://www.costumes.org
Theatre Department Web Site: http://www.uaf.edu/theatre