History of WardrobeFeb 24
History of Wardrobe
Etymological origins of the name can be traced to the Middle English rendering of the ancient French term, garderobe with the semantic import of a private store. Its more precise language origin is armoire for Francophone speakers.
The 17th and 18th centuries marked the baroque period’s versatile exploitation of the wardrobe which helped it transmute to the modern type. In the Americas, oaken structures referred to as the Tallboys were much in appeal though they later changed to the walnut types after the passage of oak as the hitherto preferred timber and partly due to the partial extinction in virgin forests of the latter wood. At first, the progress from the normal cabinet to the now fully-fledged structure was marked with bulky shelves and drawer-straddled wardrobes for a century or so before the now minimalist walled-in style became the functional norm.
The European royal culture in the meanwhile was making grand plans, like the Great Wardrobe of post-Elizabethan England where bedsteads, royal raiment and clothes’ chests were prepared specifically for Court functions (see Below, UK section).
All in all, the sizing has universal cultural overtones with the average dimensions being such that eight men of slight build can fit inside the closed chambers.