1679 Ladies Catherine and Charlotte Talbot by John Michael Wright (Tate Collection)

John Wright depicts the Talbots in real dress in this 1679 portrait, the elder Lady Talbot wearing a dress of soft material with a split bodice.

Boucher in 20,000 Years of Fashion, p. 255 (1987 ed.) mentions that, earlier in the seventeenth century, three underskirts were worn, being called from outside to inside, "la modeste," "la friponne," and "la secrete" (modest, frivolous, and secret). The innermost was not for public viewing. The older lady has a relatively plain outer skirt and a showy underskirt.

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