The details of daily life are what fascinate me about the past and constitute the primary driver behind my near obsession with history. Clothing plays a major role in all of our daily lives now, but in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, fashion served a greater function than merely clothing our bodies and protecting us from the elements: it acted as the visible symbol of a family's "honor" and reputation, displaying their intangible wealth and power in a way that was extremely tangible. So here is a video that illustrates all of these symbolic layers from the skin out, specifically for a Florentine ensemble from the 1480s, demonstrating how each layer is donned, discussing what went into their construction, and presenting tidbits of cultural nuance - a window into the past. Enjoy!