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Fancy Dress 1897: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball

The Duchess of Portland as the Duchess of Savoy; one of the 200 guests in fancy dress at the the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball, 1897.

Elizabethan man's shirt, dated around 1580 - 1590. Jacobean woman's shift, dated around 1610. Rare undergarments, made of linen and embroidered with fine black needlework depicting natural and geometric patterns. Undershirts were principle pieces of the Elizabethan and Jacobean era, providing a washable, breathable layer beneath heavy doublets and kirtles. (Fashion Museum in Bath, England. Forgeng, Jeffrey. Daily Life in Elizabethan England. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO LLC, 2010.)

Skirt A rare woman's skirt made from fustian, a mix of linen and cotton, and embroidered with large floral patterns. 1621-1640 ID no: 59.77b