This, the well-known "Darnley" portrait, shows Queen Elizabeth of England wearing a colorful dress with puffed sleeves.
According to Norris, "Tudor Costume and Fashion," pp. 494-496 (Dover
re-issue 1997) - ""The dress worn by the Queen consists of a
close-fitting bodice with a normal waist-line edged with small tabs.
The neck is high with a stand-up collar to which the ruff... is fixed
goffered into deep nebulee sets. The sleeves are leg-of-mutton shape,
with a small roll and puffs on the shoulders. The same decoration is
placed on the lower part of the sleeves about four inches from the
wrists and suggests cuffs. The full all-round skirt is worn over the
Spanish farthingale. The whole dress is composed of white silk brocaded
in a floral scroll design in gold. The front of the bodice is frogged
with gold passamayne intermixed with rose-colored floss silk which is
fluffed at the extremities forming tiny tassels. Pearls and rubies set
in gold encircle the waist waist, but there is no pendant end. On the
right side a jewel, set in a very beautiful mount composed of six human
figures and scroll work in gold, is suspended by a black ferret from
the waist belt. Two rows of pearls hang round the neck and are looped
to form a circle on the right side. A fan of natural-tinted ostrich
tips set in a gold mount and handle is carried in the right fan. The
headdress is a network cap of jewels and pearls set at the back of the
head like the ridge on a French hood; a gauze veil arranged behind... hangs from it."
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Nov 5, 2009 12:27 PM
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