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THE ARTISAN FASHION SYSTEM

It is well-known that the greatest strength of the Italian Renaissance was the lack of any overarching system of political control. On the eve of the Black Death of 1348 Italy was divided into myriad political entities, the city-states that propelled all of Europe into a new era. From a military standpoint this fragmentation was revealed as a fatal weakness with the French invasion of 1494. Events surrounding the invasion soon eclipsed Italy’s autonomy, and ruined its vibrant cultural system. Fashion was born in Italy in this early period, before leadership passed to France.....read more

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