From the wardrobe of Orsolya Dersffy, ca. 1610, Hungary, Italy, cut-pile velvet, raised embroidery of gilt silver thread; embroidered in silk thread

From the wardrobe of Orsolya Dersffy, ca. 1610, Hungary, Italy, cut-pile velvet, raised embroidery of gilt silver thread; embroidered in silk thread

Side profile of blue-gold 17th century dress with lace cuffs and ribbon detail

Side profile of blue-gold 17th century dress with lace cuffs and ribbon detail

1695-1700 Valdemar Slot Gown - The dress probably belonged to Christine Elizabeth Juel. She was married at Valdemar Castle in 1695, and this gown is said to be her wedding dress. At Valdemar Castle they lived a French inspired court life, and the dress is fashionable continental in style. She was widowed in 1709.

1695-1700 Valdemar Slot Gown - The dress probably belonged to Christine Elizabeth Juel. She was married at Valdemar Castle in 1695, and this gown is said to be her wedding dress. At Valdemar Castle they lived a French inspired court life, and the dress is fashionable continental in style. She was widowed in 1709.

White learher glove, lined with silk, embroidered with a gowned lady. British, circa 1600s (17th century)

White learher glove, lined with silk, embroidered with a gowned lady. British, circa 1600s (17th century)

Black day Dress (front) under Louis XIII era, 1610-1660

Black day Dress (front) under Louis XIII era, 1610-1660

A woman's bodice made from green silk, lined with linen, and trimmed with silver bobbin lace and silver alloy spangles. It is heavily boned with whale bone. It has a low wide neckline and full short sleeves finished with a cuff. It has tabs at the waist with longer oval shaped tab at the centre front. It fastens with lacing at the back. The silk is Italian, probably from the first quarter of the Seventeenth century.

A woman's bodice made from green silk, lined with linen, and trimmed with silver bobbin lace and silver alloy spangles. It is heavily boned with whale bone. It has a low wide neckline and full short sleeves finished with a cuff. It has tabs at the waist with longer oval shaped tab at the centre front. It fastens with lacing at the back. The silk is Italian, probably from the first quarter of the Seventeenth century.

"Portrait of a Lady", 1667, by Gabriël Metsu (Dutch, 1629-1667). Dating to the last year of Metsu's tragically short life, this exquisitely preserved panel reveals the elegant and ornate style that he was developing in response to trends in contemporary Dutch portraiture at mid-century. Although unidentified, the sitter was a woman of status and wealth as evidenced by the opulence of her dress and furnishings.

"Portrait of a Lady", 1667, by Gabriël Metsu (Dutch, 1629-1667). Dating to the last year of Metsu's tragically short life, this exquisitely preserved panel reveals the elegant and ornate style that he was developing in response to trends in contemporary Dutch portraiture at mid-century. Although unidentified, the sitter was a woman of status and wealth as evidenced by the opulence of her dress and furnishings.

Dress under Louis XIII era, 1610-1660

Dress under Louis XIII era, 1610-1660

Dress, 1660’s From the Fashion Museum, Bath on Twitter

Dress, 1660’s From the Fashion Museum, Bath on Twitter

Bodice Place of origin: England, Great Britain Date: 1630-1639 Materials and Techniques: Silk satin, silk taffeta, canvas, buckram and whalebone, handsewn Museum number: 172-1900 | V&A

Bodice Place of origin: England, Great Britain Date: 1630-1639 Materials and Techniques: Silk satin, silk taffeta, canvas, buckram and whalebone, handsewn Museum number: 172-1900 | V&A

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