Today we will be looking at English fashion in the first half of the baroque from around 1600 to the 1660's. I will be covering continental fashion and the rest of the century at a later date.
The foundation of a ladies ensemble had not significantly changed in hundreds of years and still consisted of a linen chemise. To achieve the bodice silhouette, like the gowns of the Renaissance many decades before, some gowns had the stiffening (carboard, resin, boning) directly built into the bodice; others were made to be worn over a stiff under-bodice or stays. Lets start by looking at some wonderful full length portraits from the 1615's-1620's.
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Though I have focused here on English portraits, different styles were popular on the European continent. I will be covering the different styles seen in France, Spain and the Netherlands next time, as their exuberance certainly bears mentioning. Remember, while England was busy at war with itself, the Sun King Louis XIV reigned in France! More, lots more, on the baroque coming soon!
All of the information for this post has been gathered from the textbook Survey of Historic Costume (5th edition) by Phyllis G. Tortora and Keith Eurbank, from the links above or my own knowledge. I want to share the resources I come across with all of you as much as possible. The portraits used to illustrate today's post are credited to either the museum where they reside (whenever possible) or the source where I found them, and are linked via their fig. # underneath. Again I repeat my disclaimer that I am not a historian, and if you have corrections or additions for this post, please begin the discussion in comments as I would love to learn more!
Thanks for reading!