Elizabeth I by an Unknown Artist, c.1595. (Private Collection)
Elizabeth I of England in Parliament Robes
Notice the train: it has been hooked at the height of the belt and shows the lining. Statue of Antoinette de Fontette, stone, with polychrome paint. Dijon, France, mid 16th century.
Marietta Robusti "La Tintoretta", (Venezia 1555-1592), Autoritratto, 1580. I have a particular love for this woman, having read a nice book on her life - and the life of her father: "La lunga attesa dell' angelo".
Portrait of Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont by François Clouet, ca 1570 France, MFA Houston
Dress 1909 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A Most Beguiling Accomplishment: Galerie des Modes, 14e Cahier, 4e Figure
Vintage Photography: Grace La Rue (1880-1956)
“Many American women have an idea that French fashions are very extreme and must be greatly modified before they are suited to the more sober transatlantic taste. This is all a mistake. Of course you do see horridly extreme things over here but they are worn by the same class of women who flaunt the exaggerated styles on the streets the world over. The real French woman, with her naive refinement and chic taste, understands the art to perfection, of adapting her dress to her own personality…”
1909-11 Dress - Mrs. Dunstan