1620 Portrait of a Woman in Red by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (Duke of Norfolk collection)

This looks like another example of maternity wear, this time from 1620.

It looks like modistes were trying to figure out what part of the old farthingale and saya forms of dress were going to be retained. In this case a square neckline and hanging sleeves won out, but the farthingale was not around to await the stork. Her skirt could easily have a high vee waistline.

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