Monday, August 6, 2018

Baroque Court Dress

Beautiful baroque style dresses that were popular at the courts of Louis XIV and Charles II. (Via katybirdy95) To quote:
Women’s clothing became much less restricting.  Flexible stays replaced hard, tight-fitting corsets.  Flowing lace collars replaced stiff ruffs.  Large farthingales were discarded and skirts were merely layered or padded at the hips to produce a full, flowing look. Usually two skirts were worn, the overskirt (manteau) open at the front and would normally form a train or bustle at the back, and an underskirt. Decorative aprons became popular with the middle classes. The plunging neckline called the décolletage became popular, often accompanied with wide lace collars. Waistlines were also high during the first part of the period, though long, pointed bodices and stiff stomachers came back during the latter half of the period. Sleeves were large, gathered at the wrist or elbow and often with turned-back lace cuffs. They progressively became more and more ruffled and segmented as the period progressed. Solid-coloured silks and brocades were used more frequently than patterned fabrics, and usually decorations consisted only of lace, tied or rosetted ribbons, limited embroidery, and simple pearl jewellery. Women often wore their hair in tight curls at the forehead and on both sides of their head, which was known as “heartbreakers”.  However, hairstyles progressively became higher as fashions became more extravagant. Lips and cheeks were often rouged, which previously had only been done by courtesans. Face patches made of silk and velvet and cut into small shapes became fashionable. Shoes often had pointed toes and high heels, but strangely women’s shoes were ironically much simpler than men’s. Jewellery was very simple during this period, consisting of single strings of pearls or diamonds or sometimes a ribbon tied around the neck. (Read more.)

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