What would be the best attention grabber for a research paper on Elizabethan era fashion?  So i am doing a research paper on elizabethan era fashion and i need to start my research paper with a...

What would be the best attention grabber for a research paper on Elizabethan era fashion?


So i am doing a research paper on elizabethan era fashion and i need to start my research paper with a grabber..like a good beginning to it ..i have tried to make one up but my teacher thinks is not good enough and i only have two days left and i need a grabber ...a quote or something to have a great beginning can some help me out please i would appreciate a lot.

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You might consider writing about how fashion defines an era, or a culture. Take a look at today's fashion. Midriffs. Jeans with fake diamonds. Low-cut tops. See-through tops. Images on clothing. We are a sexual and instant gratification culture. Our desire are for our own fulfillment in the here and now - our clothes reflect that.

Look at the images on our clothing... and some of our current designers. Look at Ed Hardy's images and taglines: LOVE KILLS SLOWLY. Think about how this phrase is indicative of our society. It suggests relationships aren't worth it. We are a fast paced society that has changing relationships, and in fact, relationship isn't important, sex is. (Not my opinion or the opinion of eNotes, just a societal observation)

The transition into your thesis by stating that the fashion of the Elizabethan era likewise symbolized their culture.

I'm not sure what your thesis is and that would have helped me give you a better idea, if you're not satisfied with this, you might edit your question to include your current thesis.

ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Something I found interesting about Elizabethian era fashion was how women as well as men played into it.  You would expect women to place greater emphasis on dressing than men, but in the Elizabethian era, men were just as careful about their attire as the women were.  Women dressed to accentuate their small waists.  They wore clothing that puffed out at the hips and shoulders and cinched in at the waist.  It turns our that the men used girdle like garments to cinch in their waist as well.  Both men and women slashed their garments to expose the underlining and reveal the colors beneath. 

Another starter for your paper could be on the class system and clothing.  The different classes of people were divided by the clothing they wore.  The Sumptuary Law provided guidelines for peoples attire.  Violating this law could result in fines, loss of property, and even death.

mkcapen1 | Student

I would write a paper on Elizabethan Style of Dress titled "Don't Get your Bustle in a Bunch."  It would be a play on the words from the expression "Don't get Your Panties in a Bunch."  The clothing as well as the lifestyle of the women during the Elizabethan era was so restrictive and uncomfortable.  The styles were confining much as the women were confined.  Beauty in fashion brought discomfort and ill fitting wears.  The women were bound up in tight high collars and they wore clothing styles that restricted movement.

You could also focus your title on the restrictions of the clothing in relations to the restriction of the women's lives.


dixon349 | Student

I would tie the clothing that upper-class Elizabethan-era ladies wore to their social restrictions. (I am assuming that this is the class of people you are writing about.) Typically, throughout history the number of layers of clothing is directly related to the wearer's lack of individual freedoms; hence, one can deduce that those ladies had few liberties. Another interesting tie-in would be the Elizabethan theatre because men acted all roles on stage, including that of the women’s parts. You could discuss how the clothing of women restricted them both socially and physically; besides covering their bodies, this clothing functioned both as a costume and as a myth. I do not know how much the typical 17-century lady’s clothing weighed, but in the 18th-century it was 40 pounds, which is why they took small dainty steps and frequently fainted. Sumptuary Laws could also be incorporated. These laws limited what clothing each class could wear. I hope this gives you some interesting ideas.

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