All posts tagged: 16th century

Rate the Dress: 16th century splendour

Thank goodness for Rate the Dress!  It means that I have a definite excuse to focus entirely on historical fashions at least once a week! We were having such a good run on Rate the Dress: so many 8+ ratings in a row!  And then I posted the pink, pigeon breasted, ruffle-dy, smock-dy, totally over-the-top 1900s frock-dy last week.  Pop!  There went the high ratings bubble!  It wasn’t too terrible: there were a lot of 6s, and just enough 8s and 9s to bring it up to a nice, round 7 out of 10. For this week’s Rate the Dress, we’re looking at a period I’m not such an expert on, and going back to the mid 16th century, to a ‘Portrait of a Lady’ by Peter de Kempeneer (Pedro Campaña).  Though de Kempeneer was Flemish, he mainly worked in Spain or Italy, and this portrait probably depicts a wealthy Italian noblewoman from Ferrara The sitters gown makes striking use of gold striping to emphasise the cut of the gown, and the fashionable features.  The stripes …

Rate the Dress: 1540s Noblewoman in Green

Last week I showed you an embroidered ensemble said to have belonged to Madame Élisabeth, sister to Louis XVI.  There must be some magic in being a princess, because the full first 10 scores were perfect scores, and the frock managed an incredibly impressive 9.4 out of 10 (which is practically a perfect score these days), though some of you did make it hard for me by giving it multiple scores. Personally I wanted to love the outfit, but every time I looked at it my eye tried to tweak the motifs and rearrange the embroidery ever so slightly, and if it isn’t perfect as it is, I really can’t give it a perfect score, so it was really only an 8.5 out of 10 from me. This week we’re downgrading from a well known princess to an unknown noblewoman, with this portrait of a wealthy Florentine woman (presumably a noblewoman) of the 1540s, possibly by Bronzino. Mid-16th century Florentine fashion can be much the same, but this woman has chosen a dress with just enough of …

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The Red Elizabethan – oops!

Back in November I did a bunch of work on my Red Velvet Elizabethan ensemble – and a bit of blogging about it.  I assumed I’d written all the relevant blog posts, because I’d thought about writing them so much, but I went looking for the final project status wrap-up for the year, and realised I never wrote it! Oops! When I last blogged about it, I had an inspiration image: And the ensemble had a finished bodice, and an assembled skirt, which just needed to be put together. I have since done that: From the back, it looks spectacular: Look at those pretty pleats!  (very timely): From the front?  Not so much: Granted, it looks a lot better on a person than on that dressform, which is too big for it, so the bodice won’t laced closed.  But even on a person, the lacing doesn’t sit totally smooth, there is a bit of wrinkling in the bodice, and the front pleats aren’t deep enough to sit nicely. Re-doing the skirt pleating is easy enough, …