In France, England, and Flanders, the high waistline
gradually descended to the natural waist in front (following Spanish fashion) and then to a V-shaped point. Sleeve cuffs grew
larger and were elaborately trimmed. Hoop skirts or farthingales appeared in Spain at the very end of the 15th century, and
spread to England and France over the next few decades. In the German states and Bohemia, gowns remained short-waisted and tight-laced
over the kirtle (or stomacher or placard) often with elaborate puffing and slashing.
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