While I’m finishing up accessories for my Napoleonic project, let’s talk about the 17th century!
I’m interested in 1660s and 1670s baroque fashion, which broadly speaking consists of a fully-boned bodice with a pointed front, wide neckline, full sleeves, and double-chins. (Yes, “soft features” were considered fashionable).
There are many solid-colored gowns in portraiture, but the elaborate lace trim down the front of the gown was also very common.
The 17th century is full of crazy hair. A lot of the hairstyles remind me of a cocker spaniel, full and curly at top.
If you like bows upon bows check out the Infanta Margarita Teresa.
My dress for the Costume College Gala will be inspired by this portrait of Grand Duke Ferdinand II of Tuscany and his wife Vittoria Della Rovere. Although there are many flamboyantly-colored gowns from the time period, the little goth inside my heart wants a black gown.
My gown won’t be an exact reproduction but I plan to make a similar jewelry set. Look at those giant pearls! They look like they would be deadly if swung in the wrong direction.