I've hear different explanations to why the 17th century isn't that popular. Omne is that it's a more boring period if one compare it with the centuries before and after. I must disagree. Sweden was at it's biggest and most glorious at the time. England had the puritans and then the Restoration. In France the Sun king held court in the latter decades.
Then there is the explanation that the 17th fashion is too opulent, which it often is, of course, but hardly more so than the 16th century. What I haven't heard, but have wondered over nevertheless is that the fashion for beauty was very different from our ideals. The round faces and the often pregnant look for ladies, the double chins and overall sturdy appearances isn't exactly what we strive for today.
Yet another explanation is that it falls in between. The 16th century and the centuries before are so long ago that they sometimes feels imaginary. The further away it is in time, the more we have to guess and make out own interpretation which, even if you want to be as accurate as possible, a way to shape the past to what we wish it to be. The 18th century and onwards are on the other hand so close in time that we can recognise ourselves easily in it. The ideas and inventions that the 18th century stood for is in many ways what we still have- the first steps of the modern world takes place there. The poor 17th century is in between, both too old and too young.
What do you think? Are there other reasons? (I guess there is several mixed into each other) or am I very, very wrong and there are plenty of 17th century re-enactments that I have just failed to notice? Please discuss, class!