Elizabethan period costume -  corseted elizabethan-shaped bodice constructed in an elaborate brocade, embellished with further beading and faux fur. The main skirt was in a deep cream silk, opening at the front to show a brocade panel, enhanced with pearls.

Elizabethan period costume - corseted elizabethan-shaped bodice constructed in an elaborate brocade, embellished with further beading and faux fur. The main skirt was in a deep cream silk, opening at the front to show a brocade panel, enhanced with pearls.

Although the vast majority of the body was covered it was permissible for dresses to have plunging necklines. A necklace was often worn which drew even more attention to a woman's breasts. The necks and cuffs of gowns were decorated with silk or linen ruffs. The hair was often worn loose as a symbol of purity.

Although the vast majority of the body was covered it was permissible for dresses to have plunging necklines. A necklace was often worn which drew even more attention to a woman's breasts. The necks and cuffs of gowns were decorated with silk or linen ruffs. The hair was often worn loose as a symbol of purity.

Elizabethan dress how did women wear these and not knock everything over? I'd be knock stuff off tables all day!

Elizabethan dress how did women wear these and not knock everything over? I'd be knock stuff off tables all day!

Ricco abito in seta e damasco, con ricami ed applicazioni di passamanerie in filo d'oro. Il colletto in chiffon è rigido. Costo £580

Ricco abito in seta e damasco, con ricami ed applicazioni di passamanerie in filo d'oro. Il colletto in chiffon è rigido. Costo £580

Design for a replica of a gown worn by Elizabeth of Austria in a painting by Franz Russ (c.1860).

Design for a replica of a gown worn by Elizabeth of Austria in a painting by Franz Russ (c.1860).

Gown worn by Queen Elizabeth I Elizabeth I was queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called "The Virgin Queen", "Gloriana" or "Good Queen Bess", Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty

Gown worn by Queen Elizabeth I Elizabeth I was queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called "The Virgin Queen", "Gloriana" or "Good Queen Bess", Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty

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