How the laws of fashion made history

Richard Thompson Ford
6 min readFeb 7, 2022

…and still affect us today

In 1565, a man named Richard Walweyn,was arrested for wearing, quote, “a very monsterous and outraygeous greate payre of hose.” He was detained and his pants were confiscated and exhibited in a public place as “an example of extreme folye.” In that same year another man was arrest for wearing trunk hose were considered “contrary to good order.” The authorities cut and ripped the linings out of his pants and he was forcibly marched through the streets as a public spectacle.

Richard Thompson Ford

Professor. Lawyer. Dilettante mixologist. Amateur sartorialist. Watch geek. Author of Dress Codes: how the laws of fashion made history.