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16th and 17th century Polish Dress — Overview

In the early 16th century, poets and satirists commented upon the diversity in Polish clothing and encouraged their audience to shun "unfashionable" German styles and wear native dress instead. But the real emergence of Polish dress dates to the appearance in Parliament in 1562 of King Sigismund Augustus wearing a grey nobleman's coat.

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16th and 17th century Polish Dress — Coats

A visual survey of 16th and 17th century Polish coats.

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16th and 17th century Polish Dress — Giermak

What is a Giermak you ask? The earliest wide-spread item of true "Polish Dress"...

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16th and 17th century Polish Dress — Zupan

What is a Zupan you ask? Here let me show you!

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16th and 17th century Polish Dress — Kontusz

Possibly in response to recent wars in Europe and related shortages in fabric, Polish dress became fairly uniform around the 1630s and 40s and remained so until the end of the 18th century. The kontusz replaced the delia completely as the over-garment worn with the zupan. And this combination, zupan and kontusz, was de rigeur until around 1760.

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16th and 17th century Polish Dress — Accessories

No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories! Learn how to complete your 16th and 17th century Polish outfit.

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