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.
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