The Elizabethan era was a very fashionable era. QueenElizabeth I took fashion very seriously that she decided to enforce a Sumptuarylaw called the “Statues of Apparel”. This law completely exiled the choices ofattire between Elizabethans and was used to help maintain a balanced socialstructure. Everyone was forced to respect and follow this law or seriousconsequences and/or punishments would be received such as a fine, loss ofproperty or life… Queen Elizabeth I greatly influenced fashion during this era.Elizabethans turned to Queen Elizabeth I, whether it would be intentional(seeking approval) or unintentional, for fashion inspiration because theyadmired her sense of fashion as it demonstrated tremendous elegance. Most ofthe women aspired to resemble Queen Elizabeth I. The clothing worn by the upper-classhad to have a distinct shape for the body’s structure, therefore, it was purelyinfluenced and based on mathematics and science by utilizing geometric shapesduring the fabrication process.
Women really appreciated the natural curvatureof their body but intended on emphasizing these curves to make them morevisible (sliming the waist and widening the hips by constantly wearingcorsets). Men also enjoyed the appearance of being slim which is why theirpants were fabricated to be fitted. Fashion was an important aspect duringQueen Elizabeth I reign and is highly known as a very fashionable era.During the Elizabethan era, England progressed bothpolitically and economically. Queen Elizabeth I successfully led England tovictory between the war against Spain that spanned from 1585-1604 following theend of the Nine Years’ War that spanned from 1594-1603. Because of theirvictory, England became the dominant Western maritime power-the meaning behindthis title regarded dominance of the sea, specifically the Atlantic. After theHundred Years’ War and the Wars of the Roses, England’s economy was ruined andthere was massive political disruption.
Fortunately, during this era, thecountry started to slowly recover resulting in an outstanding economic growthand a peaceful political spectrum. This was all due to the development of thecountry’s foreign trade. Because England dominated the sea, commerce became themost successful trade and brought wealth to the merchant class, thus, making itpossible to accept war refugees which expanded the population ofEngland-hitting two birds with one stone. Since England became such a wealthynation, more money was invested into the arts and exploration. It made itpossible for writers, such as William Shakespeare, to create plays andcontribute to the art of theatre. Because the whole trading ordeal brought somuch success, exploration was highly important to Queen Elizabeth I as sheintended on finding more possible trade routes to increase the country’soverall wealth. England’s political and economic state progressed substantiallyduring the Elizabethan era with the help of Queen Elizabeth I and the Elizabethans.
The Elizabethan era was the most exquisite age of Englishliterature, however, not only was literature one of the many predominantupbringings during this era, but theatre as well. English poetry flourishedwith the help of many writers such as William Shakespeare, who contributed to theworld of theatre by bringing to life his writings and re-creating them intoplays. The Renaissance was the period in European history (1300-1700), solelybased on the cultural divide between the middle ages and modern history. TheRenaissance drastically changed over the years as light was shined on a newtechnique of play writing created by William Shakespeare, because of hisability to collaborate both tragedy and comedy into one. The importance oftheatre during the Elizabethan era was primarily based on its entertainmentvalue. Individuals from each class, whether it would be upper, middle or lower,would worship the art of theatre by attending numerous plays and, even thoughtheatre was looked at as a form of entertainment by the upper-class, it wasmore so looked at as a form of education by the commoners. Most commoners wereuneducated, and theatre brought insight on many topics such as social issues… Duringthe reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the art of theatre was taken more seriously andwas ought to be more arranged and efficient.
17 theatres were built throughoutthe Elizabethan era to show gratitude and respect to the importance of the artof theatre. This was, of course, beneficial for play writers, but many writersin the world of literature used theatre as another form to show the world theirwork. English literature and the art of theatre have contributed significantlyand shaped the Elizabethan era.