Medieval Perfume Perfumes made from the oils of flowers combined with spices were very popular during the Middle Ages as trade between countries improved. Perfume became an easy, quick fix for those who could not bathe.
Spanish chopines before 1540 feature tooled leather over layered cork platforms. These were over-shoes worn to protect the feet from the filth and excrement in the streets of all medieval European cities and towns.
Perhaps one of her most iconic dresses, this high collar dress was inspired by Elizabethan ruffs and created by Catherine Walker for an official visit to Hong Kong. The Princess affectionately called it her "Elvis dress.