This portrait also shows Queen Elizabeth of England wearing a dress with gargantuan puffed sleeves. Her ruff is of great interest - it appears to be free-standing, much as it would be in many portraits of the early 1600s. Also, there is enough room above the collar to allow her to wear a choker or "dog collar" necklace, something not seen in the many other portraits of her.
Her sleeves have the inflated look of the late 1500s. Her over-skirt and cape or capelet are edged with pearls.
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Nov 5, 2009 12:27 PM
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