Purushu's award winning fashion blog was founded in 2009 while studying fashion design at NIFT New Delhi. At the age of 19, he wrote show reviews for FDCI's Designer Node dailies at India Fashion Week, New Delhi. Following a stint as menswear designer at Future Group (Lee Cooper), Mumbai in 2013, he relocated to Chennai where he continued freelancing and authored fashion columns for The Hindu newspaper. In 2017, Purush Arie blog evolved into India's first ungendered fashion label. Purushu spoke about gender neutral revolution through fashion at TEDxChennai in March 2018.

Renaissance – 1500-1600 in fashion

This is a quick blog post coming up while am almost caught up in an extremely unstable and bumpy roller coaster ride, exams I mean…

Almost a week ago, as a part of History of Fashion and Design subject, I had prepared a presentation on Renaissance costume and how it influenced the modern day fashion.

Renaissance fashion and costumes mirrored the advancing culture, as increasing trade made more clothing materials available. Nobility dressed themselves in elaborate and brightly colored robes, gowns and other vestments. The upper class reserved silk for themselves, and in some areas, peasants were forbidden to possess it. Embroidery of gold and silver thread would be sewn to form fanciful designs depicting scences from legends, nature or religion. Those living during the Renaissance would adorn themselves in jewelry, furs, and elaborate belts. Wigs crafted from peasant’s hair was also very popular.

I simply loved this period for the flamboyant layers, opulence, surface treatment and the exaggerations in sleeves and hips!

Slides from the PPT I made.

The sleeve exaggeration can be dated back to Renaissance period!!

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  • December 12, 2011

    Oh I love the Renaissance age… Its the beginning of modern civilization… The art, the literature, the fashion is all so very vibrant and creative…. This is an amazingly informative post on Renaissance fashion…great research… love it

  • December 12, 2011

    This is so interesting. You should write a book. Seriously.

  • December 15, 2011

    I'm actually studying this period in History at the moment, so it's nice to enrich the subject with fashionable detail! I enjoyed reading this very much 🙂

  • December 16, 2011

    Thanks a lot for the precious comments you have left!
    Keeps me going 😉

  • December 18, 2011

    It's amazing to see how far fashion has come…thanks for sharing!


  • January 11, 2012

    Very Good work, Purushottam!

  • August 18, 2014

    Thank you Ma'am 🙂

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