Thursday, 15 April 2010

Even more 17th century

The last batch of 17th century ictures. I realize that there are nothing after 1680. I don’t care much for that fashion, but perhaps I should dig in a little to complete the century.

Catherine of Braganza in her ridiculed Spanish fashion, in 1661.
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From the same year, a more fashionable (if you weren’t from the Spanish peninsula, that is) lady in a nightgown.
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A more modest fashion from 1662.
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Well, this is 1662, too.
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I love the pleats on the sleeves!
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1665. More backs!
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A French court lady.
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Barbara Villiers
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The Swedish queen Ulrika Eleonora the older.
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This miniature is by her hand. Rather expressive work.
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Toilette in the 1670s.
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1671
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1675
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7 comments:

Lauren said...

Very pretty! I love the English gowns, so elegant.

gentlewomanthief said...

Oh dear, poor Catherine - her hair does look very silly indeed! The gow wouldn't be so bad if beneath the lace was a nicer neckline. Still, I can see why other countries ridiculed Iberian fashion - even to me it looks 'outdated' for 1661! I've always loved that one you've posted from the same year, though - what a contrast!

And Ms 1662's earrings - check out those pearls! I love them.

Thanks a lot for posting that Barbara Villiers one - I don't think I've seen it before, but it's absolutely gorgeous!

Have to say, I'm not a fan of the French Court lady's dress - it's a bit too over the top with the detailed bodice AND petticoat - I think she would have done better to have chosen one or the other! This era works better with less embellishment to better show off the elegant necklines/bodice backs and gorgeous fabrics, in my opinion.

Isis' Wardrobe said...

Lauren: Yes, me too!

gentlewomanthief: That's what I feel too!

Thsoe earrings are to die for. :-)

Yes, it is a bit too much, isn't it? I too prefer the simpler look in a sumptous fabric.

LadyAugstaFredrika said...

Damen med äpplet i handen, är inte det drottning Kristina?

Tavlan av Ulrika Eleonora är väldigt fin, frodigt söt. Hon var duktig på att måla också! Undrar vem tavlan föreställer, henne själv kanske...

Isis' Wardrobe said...

Lady Augusta. Jo, det är Kristina- fast ordentligt förskönat.

Ulrika Eleonore lär ha varit väldigt charmerande och det tycker jag syns! Kanske är det ett självporträtt, eller kanske en dotter? Synd att man inte vet.

The Dreamstress said...

How can you not love the later styles of Barbara Villiers and all those ladies in their (relatively) soft silk gowns with the jewelled fastenings down the front!?! They are so elegant and evocative of elegant undress! And you would look smashing in them!

Just out of interest, how do you know the one frock is a nightgown?

And is the 1675 musician a dwarf, or just unfortunate looking?

Isis' Wardrobe said...

The Dreamstress: Well, I do like them, but those I do like all seems to have been painted before 1880. :-)

They are more loose in fit. I need to refresh my reading material on that, though, to give a better anwer. :-) can't

I think unfortunate-looking. She was a noblewoman, but I guess she could have been a dwarf anyway.

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