ca. 1590 Elizabeth attributed to Nicholas Hilliard (Jesus College - Oxford UK)

Queen Elizabeth of England wears a dress with enormous puffed sleeves in this ca. 1590 Hilliard portrait.

Her bodice ends in a very deep vee over a farthingale shaped like a drum - a wheel farthingale without the wheel. The sleeves and jeweled kirtle have complementary, though not identical, patterns. Geometric patterns like these are a recurring motif in Elizabethan dress,

Her sleeves look like they're inflated like tires. Her over-skirt is decorated with pearl quatrefoils while the hem of her kirtle is edged with pearls.

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