The double, une doublure, a doubler is ‘primary’ the lining of a garment, a second layer earlier in the same line and the use of tirer, to resemblance with a pencil, ‘deriving’ one, and drawing or pulling off apart (as one might a lining or a death mask). But a double is also an actor substituted (as an understudy, stand-in, stuntman, body-double). Joke Robaart.
As the double is at the same time a lead garment to research itself, and an understudy, this research arises from the interest in the slashing as a technique that has endure for centuries, and ends up being an excuse to discover what’s underneath those trashed garments, underwear and nudity through fashion behavior.
Renaissance was that beautiful period of explosion and research when the human being was pointed back as the center of creation, thought and moral; a turning point in European history between the Middle Ages and Modern history. From this convulsed context when arts, architecture, politics, science and literature emerged from and for human beings, inevitably, some changes went through people’s clothing too. That’s how, as a matter of magic, fantasy elements appeared into garments, leaving aside utility, difference and protection needs. What we nowadays denominate as street style and how trends ow from people niches to haute couture and nally are spread and dead into mainstream, this creation behavior may have started at that time when ornament and decor dug into population clothing, not only as a status sign. One of those elements was the slashing.