Queen Elizabeth of England wears a dress with enormous puffed sleeves in this ca. 1590 Hilliard portrait.
Her bodice ends in a very deep vee over a farthingale shaped like a drum - a wheel farthingale without the wheel. The sleeves and jeweled kirtle have complementary, though not identical, patterns. Geometric patterns like these are a recurring motif in Elizabethan dress,
Her sleeves look like they're inflated like tires. Her over-skirt is decorated with pearl quatrefoils while the hem of her kirtle is edged with pearls.
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Nov 5, 2009 12:27 PM
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