During the Early Renaissance, Europe flourished, as well as fashion. This period of financial stability and artistic exploration translated into incredible textiles. The textiles appearing at the end of the 15th century were known for organic shapes: fruits, vegetables, and florals (particularly rosettes, pineapples, artichokes, and pomegranates). Silk, velvet, and embroidery were common mediums for the wealthy elites' clothing. Pattern, movement, repetition, symmetry, contrast, texture, and shape are strong elements in textile design. The fashion trends that began in the 15th century evolved throughout the centuries, morphing into baroque and rococo styles, and continue to influence fashion today. Looking for fabric similar to these centuries old textile trends? Ask for a brocade bolt or damasked velvet next time you're at the fabric store and you'll understand just how prevalent these styles still are today!