Lady Harriet's dress is a superb example of a double neckline and the use of sheer material. Her neckline is framed by a band edged with small embroidered diamond shapes. The inner edge joins a sheer partlet section with an inverted raindrop-shaped double bertha. Her puffed sleeves are slashed to reveal more sheer fabric while close diaphanous sleeves ending in small flared muffs extend below. I can only imagine that any number of Renaissance Ladies would have longed to wear a partlet and ruff like this. Her sleeves are just full enough to allow her to wear bracelets under the closer sleeve.
Keywords: 1822, Corden - William the Elder, Harriet Bainbrigge, Bainbrigge family, Dale family, British, hurluberlu coiffure, braided bun, vee neckline, neckline ruff, square neckline, partlet, long close upper puffed sleeves, puffed sleeves, puffed cloth ornaments, cuffs, Empire waistline, close skirt, bracelets
Dec 31, 2012, 6:58 PM
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