Peascod belly

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Charles, Archduke of Austria, wearing a peascod bellied doublet in 1569

A peascod belly is a type of exaggeratedly padded stomach that was very popular in men's dress in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The term is thought to have come from "peacock,"[1] or from the form of contemporary plate armour.[2] Sometimes it was called a 'goose belly.'[3]

In the late 16th century the stomach of the doublet was padded to stick out,[4] however, by 1625, the padding had become more evenly distributed over the chest area.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tortora, Phyllis G.; Eubank, Keith (2005). Survey of Historic Costume (4th ed.). New York: Fairchild. p. 175. 
  2. ^ Boucher, Francois (1987). 20,000 Years of Fashion: The History of Costume and Personal Adornment. New York: H. N. Abrahams. p. 228. 
  3. ^ Bradley, Carolyn G. (2001). Western world costume : an outline history (Dover ed. ed.). Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications. p. 174. ISBN 9780486419862. 
  4. ^ Harvey, Sara M. (2008). "The Seventeenth Century". In Condra, Jill. The Greenwood encyclopedia of clothing through world history. Westport, Conn. [u.a.]: Greenwood Press. p. 125. ISBN 9780313336645. 
  5. ^ Harvey, Sara M. (2008). "The Northern Renaissance". In Condra, Jill. The Greenwood encyclopedia of clothing through world history. Westport, Conn. [u.a.]: Greenwood Press. p. 70. ISBN 9780313336645.