THE BEGINNING IN EUROPE OF CONTINUAL AND INCREASINGLY RAPID CHANGE IN CLOTHING STYLES CAN BE FAIRLY RELIABLY DATED. HISTORIANS, INCLUDING JAMES LAVER AND FERNAND BRAUDEL, DATE THE START OF WESTERN FASHION IN CLOTHING TO THE MIDDLE OF THE 14TH CENTURY,[12][13] THOUGH THEY TEND TO RELY HEAVILY ON CONTEMPORARY IMAGERY[14] AND ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS WERE NOT COMMON BEFORE THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY.[15] THE MOST DRAMATIC EARLY CHANGE IN FASHION WAS A SUDDEN DRASTIC SHORTENING AND