Fashion in Andoran


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Currently I'm generating character in a campaign, which taking place in Andoran.
It's kinda important for me to stick to some kind of consistent clothing design. I can easily understand Cheliax or Taldor fashion, but Andoran is kinda buffeling for me.

So my question:
What kind of clothing common and rich people in Andoran are supposed to wear in everyday life? Some historical references would be appreciated


I seem to recall reading somewhere that flaunting your wealth was frowned on in Andoran, so wealthy citizens took care not not to be too ostentatious. They might wear the same fashions, but of better material, that kind of thing.

That's if I recall correctly, mind you. And there are always those who defy expectations


I remember Andoran favoring darker, more conservative fashions, but I couldn't for the life of me tell you what book it was from. I could be totally misremembering.


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Maybe colonial American fashions?


Okay, found 'Spirit of Liberty' apparently Andoran is big on glasses, spectacle tech is more wide spread there than in neighboring Taldor or Cheliax.

I didn't see much IN the book about fashion, but the artwork certainly has a fondness for stylized 18th century coats and the like among their soldiers, in blue, white, and gold.


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Ridge wrote:

I seem to recall reading somewhere that flaunting your wealth was frowned on in Andoran, so wealthy citizens took care not not to be too ostentatious. They might wear the same fashions, but of better material, that kind of thing.

That's if I recall correctly, mind you. And there are always those who defy expectations

This would definitely align with some regency-era fashion and practices, after the French Revolution nobody wanted to make themselves a target for the blade.


'Fashion' is by definition something that changes, so what's in this year may not be next year. But the gist seems to be about not showing off, but (for those who can afford it) good quality functional clothes with moderate embroidery instead of garish ostentation. Women wear trousers. The artwork in Andoran: Spirit of Liberty suggests 18/19th century clothes, very much revolutionary USA.


The upcoming LO: Travel Guide has space on fashion around the Inner Sea.

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Mudfoot wrote:
'Fashion' is by definition something that changes, so what's in this year may not be next year.

The seasonal fashion cycle is dependent upon all three of rapid mass production, large portions of the population having disposable income, and broadly-consumable marketing, so I wouldn't expect it to be all that rapid in Andoran (which is only partly industrial and is emphatically unequal as between country and city and rich and poor) outside of the very richest parts of the population.


Fashion did exist on Earth before mass production or large population having disposable income. All the nobles and wannabes copied the style of the ruler and his/her immediate court. Marie Antoinette was a fashion icon, when she used the color puce, the burgeoise were so taken with it, the dyers could barely keep up with the demand. Marie Antoinette was rumored to have 300 dresses made each year and she never wore anything twice.

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WagnerSika wrote:
Fashion did exist on Earth before mass production or large population having disposable income. All the nobles and wannabes copied the style of the ruler and his/her immediate court. Marie Antoinette was a fashion icon, when she used the color puce, the burgeoise were so taken with it, the dyers could barely keep up with the demand. Marie Antoinette was rumored to have 300 dresses made each year and she never wore anything twice.

"Fashion" and "the seasonal fashion cycle" are not the same thing, and the ability of a monarchy and the ability of any old purchaser in the market to command the artisan labor (as opposed to the industrial production) necessary to furnish a new outfit per day are not going to be the same. You say yourself that dyers in revolutionary-era France couldn't keep up with bourgeois demand, and the bourgeoisie of revolutionary-era France was far from numerous or representative - if anything, the Andoran bourgeoisie would be both more numerous and more representative, but production would be even less able to satisfy demand.

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