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La Mode
Actuelle
of Savoy

 


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The Perfect Savoyard woman, c. 1559. Artist unknown.
A N N O  D O M I N I  c. 1838

Penned by the hand of  Guenda Letizia di Sarola

 

 


As The Principality of Savoy enters into the Renaultian era, we find it fit to publish a booklet on how one should dress- as the fashions of nobility have been noted to be the finest fashion in all of the lands. The Savoyard race, arguably the superior race, should not fall into the depths of sin. In this guide, we will explore what is considered acceptable and unacceptable for those of all classes.


 

WOMEN’S FASHION

 

For centuries, women’s fashion has emulated the likes of men’s fashion- following the same colors, aesthetic, and ideas. Women, unlike men, are considered the shyer sex, and therefore should remain covered up at all times. Here, we will explore the fashions ideal for the patrician, plebeian, and serf classes.

 

PATRICIAN WOMEN’S FASHION

A patrician woman is considered the highest class of women, just below the princess-consort. As such, patrician women have an unspoken rule to be fair, modest, and non-distracting towards the stronger sex. Remember; modesty is always en vogue. 

 

ON GOWNS

Gowns should be most exquisite- yet, should never outshine the current Princess-Consort. The dress is often made up of two pieces, the top and the skirt. Unlike our imperial friends, a bodice, corset, or stomacher should never be worn during the renaultian era, as it accentuates the bosom’s. Instead, the skirt and waist should be accentuated. Women should wear no more than 5 layers of clothing, as not to overheat in the Southern heat. The first layer, the Camicia or Shift dress, should never be seen in public. Additionally, high heels, or Pianelle, should be worn, as a way of avoiding getting your gown dirtied on the grounds and floors.

 

ON HAIRDRESSING AND ACCESSORIES.

Hairstyles are dependent on a woman's marital status, if she is unmarried she should wear her hair down in loose curls, if her hair is not long enough to be worn down- it is acceptable to wear false braids, but her natural hair must not be covered up by these false hairs. Additionally, wigs (which, unlike false braids, completely cover up the hair) and powdered hair are strictly forbidden and not allowed within Savoy. Once married, a woman should wear her hair up, or tied into a ponytail. How one chooses to style this is up to them, but, there are a few accessories one can incorporate into their hair style.

 

Lenza - A Leather cord tied around the hair to keep it flat.

Trinzale - A sheer harinet, sometimes beaded, which covers the back of her head.

Coazzoni - A long, tied braid in which women can add ribbons, beads, or accessories into their hair

Snoods - Not to be confused with Trinzale, while it is similar it keeps the hair in a bun and only covers the bottom half of their head.

Crowns and Circlets - Crowns, Tiaras, and Circlets, are strictly reserved for Princesses and the Princess-Consort. If one wears a crown, circlet or tiara, and are not either foreign royalty or Savoyard royalty, they will be fined 500 mina.

 

ON THE USE OF COSMETICS

Simply put, cosmetics should not be used to a point where it is noticeable. Women should take pride in their natural features, and should only use rouge for blushing and lips. Eyebrows are to be plucked everyday, so as to not get too bushy. Cosmetics, as stated before, should be used only to enhance one's natural beauty. That being said, powdered faces are strictly prohibited, and those seen with one will be charged a fine of 115 mina.
 

ON PLEBEIAN AND SERF FASHION

Plebeians and Serf’s must follow all rules as stated above, and, while Plebeians have more optionality over what they should wear, they should look the part of a Plebeian. Serfs, on the other hand, should only wear what they are given and assigned to wear. Additionally, they should also wear their hair in similar ways to a noble-woman, based on their marital status, yet, they should not be decorated excessively. Lastly, they should not paint their faces with makeup.

 


 

MEN’S FASHION

ON PATRICIAN MEN’S FASHION

Contrary to women, Men should wear more form-fitting articles. On top, men should wear a short coat, called a giornea. While this part should be loose, it should be fitted, and not too loose that they look bigger than they are. Additionally, leg wear, or pants, should be tight and fitted, contrary to women’s loose and flowy dresses. Should men choose to, they can wear a beret or some other sort of headwear. Typically, over the giornea, men should wear a fancier overcoat, a bit longer than the undergarment (giornea).

 

ON MEN’S HAIRDRESSING

Men should not have hair that goes past their shoulders. While going just above the shoulder is allowed, it is not recommended and looks rather messy and unkempt. Just below the ear is the safest option for men, and while they can style their hair with caps, berets, and other assortments, it is suggested that they do nothing too flashy.

 

ON PLEBIAN AND SERF FASHION

Plebian and Serf Fashion should follow the rules stated above for men- yet, should again, look the part of Plebian or Serf. They should not wear anything too exquisite without reason. Serfs, once more, should only wear what they are given.


 

 

IN NOMINE DEI,

Her Excellency, Guenda Letizia di Sarola, Mistress of the Robes

 

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The Hereditary Princess of Savoy loomed over the shoulder of the older Guenda, excitedly poised on her very toes as she watched the Mistress of the Robes finalize the documents. "We will have our couriers release this at once! Brilliant work, dear Lady di Sarola!"

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The High Ministra of Aggrade, Joan of Alstion, bobbed her head in approval as she examined the contents that the Mistress of Robes composed. "Well done, dear Guenda. Well done."

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