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12th Century Fashion: Colours

12th Century Colour
12th Century colour plate

12th century clothing could be quite colourful, provided you had money or social status. The color combinations that were most appealing at the time include green and gold, orange and green and burgundy, blue and red and orange and green, and many versions thereof.

Colours and embellishment denoted rank, privilege and wealth although styles and silhouettes evolved very slowly (an aspect of fashion evolution which didn't change until the 20th century). More on the roles of colour later.