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The Renaissance in Spain When the new colonies were formed in the New World it brought a great deal of wealth and prosperity to Spain The immense resources in North and South America were being exploited this trade was controlled from the Iberian Peninsula Charles of Spain later became Emperor Charles took over an empire including Africa America and Asia He set up a colonial administration in the New World and his son Philip II developed into a comprehensive system Doreen Yardwood 24 After England defeated Spain in the Armada Spanish power began to decline The Spanish dominated costume and dress during this time At this period costume was elaborate and luxurious The 16th century never surpassed because of embroidery jeweled fabrics laces ruffs collars and perfume and powder Europe had special trades craftsmen made fabrics decorated them and tailored them to perfection Spanish dress and costume was characterized by elegance Spain introduced the ruff farthingale cape and corset These items were made more popular by the English German Dutch and French dress The Spanish usually wore the color black for normal wear For festive and important occasions they wore bright colors Garments were made from heavy rich fabrics like velvet and satin They were decorated with black or white silk and gold or silver thread with pearls and jewels The Moorish inspired the beauty of textiles for example motifs embroideries jewels girdles and buttons The Roman Catholic Church and Spanish court influenced the constriction of whaleboned and basted costume These garments were not comfortable to wear When women wore a farthingale and a corset it caused them to walk with perfect posture in a dignified way instead of natural movement The Spanish introduced padding The ideal Spanish figure in the Renaissance period was slim and both men and women wore corsets to look slim The usual squared-shaped masculine figure of the 1530s began disappearing In 1550 Spanish mens figure had a slim waistline
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