On her deathbed Catherine of Aragon wrote a letter to Henry VIII that ended with this touching sentence: Lastly, I makest this vouge [vow], that mine eyes desire thou aboufe all things. Katharine the Quene"
Mary I by the English School after Hans Eworth, c. 1550s-Though the later Tudor Era gowns, those we see in portraits from the Elizabethan Period, capture much of our attention, it is the form of this earlier style I find so pleasing.The classic mid-16th century English look is created in large part by the farthingale: an inverted small triangle of the bodice over a larger one of the skirt.
If Elizabeth I was an icon of fashion then Lettice Knollys was an icon of natural beauty during the 16th century. She got a small, rosy mouth, a straight and narrow nose, and wide-set bright eyes under narrow arched brows were the theoretical "ideal" of the time. Eyes were outlined with kohl to enhance their size or make them appear more wide set. Plucked eyebrows were de rigeur for a court lady, as was a high brow. A high hairline had been for centuries a sign of the aristocracy, too
Jean Clouet (school) (Brussels 1458 - Paris 1541) Portrait of Diane de Poitiers, Duchesse de Valentinois (1499 - 1566) Oil on oak panel. She is in court dress, wearing a escoffion with its "ear" with pearls and precious stones. In connection with the two portraits drawn by Jean Clouet 1525 - 1530 and the Musée de Chantilly Daughter of Jean de Poitiers, Count of St. - Vallier, wife of Louis de Brézé, Normandy (1515 - 1531),King Henri II of France
Francois Clouet, Beatrix Pacheco. Paris 1572 She was lady-in-waiting of Queen Eleanore, wife of King François I, and daughter of the Duke of Escalona (sic. ed: actually great- granddaughter of the past duque).