Anthonis van Dyck portrays the lace-edged collars, balloon sleeves, and jacket bodice worn under a black surcoat by Charlotte Butkens in 1631. Some sites show just the bodice and head, making this appear to be a grotesque optical illusion.
The hanging sleeves appear to be reduced to vestiges or they are tied off (look at how lumpy they look) to keep them out of the way.
Keywords: 1631, van Dyck, curly coiffure, high neckline, collar, lace, basque bodice, stomacher, long full paned virago sleeves, back-flared cuffs, bows waist band, vee waistline, full skirt, surcoat
Dec 14, 2009, 7:16 PM
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