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De Oost Bespoke Tailoring is an Amsterdam based tailoring house with a contemporary sense of style & personal attention. We design and tailor suits, shirts, jackets, trousers, skirts and coats for ladies & gentlemen. 

 

 

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The early history of tailoring

Jean-Paul Samson

The knowledge and art of tailoring, of cutting and sewing cloth, actually creating clothes from a bespoke pattern, developed slowly and progressively in Europe between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries AD.

The earliest Oxford English Dictionary’s reference to the word “tailor” gives the specific date as 1297; but it is widely believed by that date tailoring guilds, weavers guilds, and cloth merchants were already significantly established in Europe.

Looking back to the Middle Ages, clothing had one purpose “to concealing the body”. However with coming of the Renaissance period; regard for the human form became prominent. This period lead to the birth of tailoring and, in fact the very birth of fashion.

Ultimately leading to skilled artisans, talented cutters (the one who makes the pattern) and master tailors (the one who does the sewing) joining the leagues of other significant craftsmen as important members of society.

Master tailors in the growing towns eventually became responsible for the clothing needs of society, and the art and science of tailoring became a highly specialised, complex, and jealously guarded craft.

Villages became towns, towns became cities and fashions, trends and styles flowed as an unstoppable force through these communities. Europe’s major countries soon began to develop their own identities, First Italy, then Spain, ultimately glorious France; becoming the centre for fashionable dress especially amongst the powerful, the wealthy, and the influential. Italy’s first fashion boom began during the time of Michael Angelo, followed by Spain during early part of the 17th century.

But France with its foppish young men from all over Europe flocking to Paris for their wardrobes, the time of the Musketeers reached her own fashionable peak for tailoring during the long reign of Louis XIV (1643 - 1715).

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