ca. 1605-1610 Lady Arabella Stuart by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (Norton Simon Museum - Pasadena, California USA)

The peplum of Arabella Stuart's bodice forms an arrowhead resting on the wheel of her farthingale. The skirt below the wheel is slightly flared. This whole period seems to be a period where fashion is looking for something new. Religious tensions were approaching a breaking point. Her dress has another arrowhead - the vee neckline formed by her ruff that rests on a décolleté lower neckline that suggests she was not aligned with Puritan elements.

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