Carcanet or carcan is a jeweled collar or necklace, from the old French, carcan, meaning collar. Carcanets were typically quite elaborate and formal, and worn closely fitted. The style seems to have first appeared with the reemergence of the necklace during the end of the medieval period in the late 1300s.
1895 -1905 Deep Royal Blue womans jacket The outside of the coat is decorated with black cotton passementerie braid at the front lapels, around the collar edge, down center front, around the hem to the back. Center back has a large motif as well as do the lower edges of sleeve hems. There are two hand finished button holes 1 1/4" wide with a set of four mother of pearl buttons that close the double breast.
Tudor Era Hairdos Excerpt: During the early Tudor period the hair of women was covered by the elaborate headdresses. During the Elizabethan era this changed when the fashion for ruffs became far more elaborate and increased in size which was balanced by more delicate head wear and set off by hair which was swept away from the face as can be seen in the above picture of Queen Elizabeth I. Follow the link to lean more about Tudor Era hairstyles.
This rather lovely gown in the collection of the Museum of London was worn by Queen Victoria in 1855 on her state visit to Napoleon III and Empress Eugènie in Paris. The Empress Eugènie and the French ladies of her court were always dressed up to the nines in the finest creations of the legendary House of Worth, so Queen Victoria no doubt felt some pressure to look her very best!