Fashion and Armour in Renaissance Europe. 
Proud Looks and Brave Attire 

Patterson, A. 

Hardcover with dust jacket. 112 pp. Very richly illustrated. Victoria and Albert Museum 2009. 

Of all the riches of the sixteenth-century European nobleman, none spoke more powerfully of his heroism, wealth and taste than his armour, clothing and weapons. Drawing on the V&A's popular arms and armour collection, Angus Patterson looks at the suits (for men) designed to kill, protect and impress.  
From parade suits, lavishly embossed and gilded, decorated with plumes of ostrich feathers and draped with colourful silk sashes to swords, daggers, pistols and gunpowder flasks slung from elaborate belts, detailed new photography alongside paintings and sculpture bring medieval and renaissance fashion to life.

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