Intended to induce awe
Only briefly in vogue, the codpiece has left a rich legacy in art, literature and in televised costume drama as an ostentatious male symbol of virility.
The 1500s marked the pinnacle of the codpiece. The accessory went from necessity to fashion statement.
Although not anywhere near as popular as they were during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, codpieces are still in evidence today. The entertainment industry has embraced the codpiece in movies such as “Star Wars” and “Batman & Robin,” and bands such as KISS, Jethro Tull, Judas Priest and Alice Cooper have all occasionally incorporated codpieces into their costumes.