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    • French wheel and bolster

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    • The French wheel or cartwheel is attached at the hip and looks like a shelf with sharp edges. A pleated ruffle of the dress fabric often extends to the hoop edge. Eventually the bolster, a very large padded roll, replaces the French hoop in England.
    • Isabella of Valois

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    • By the mid-sixteenth century the funnel shaped farthingale is firmly established in Spain as the basis of baroque court dress. Its shape is emphasized by strong lines of braid at the center front, shoulder wings, pointed waistline, and hem. This...
    • Two sons of Philip II

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    • Young boys dress like their mother. The lines of the garments are emphasized at the shoulder by piccadils, and with braid at the center front and hem. Braid is always the strongest detail
    • Daughters of Philip of Spain

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    • The first ruffs are small, probably a development of the ruffled edge of the chemise. Cut separately, they are heavily stiffened with starch to frame the face. Piccadils are elaborately arranged at the shoulder. A new addition to dress, the long,...
    • Mary Ann Walham

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    • A beautifully embroidered partlet fills in the square neckline. The headdress consists of long, rectangular fabric which is placed lengthwise over the top of the head and falls down the back. The top part is stiffened and sewn or pinned to a coif...
    • Cholmondeley Sisters, The

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    • Shaped like fans, these open double ruffs isolate the faces in a sea of lace. The line of the open ruff is repeated in the hair, which is filled out in a heart shape at the sides
    • Queen Marguerite as a girl

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    • The open, square neckline appears throughout the sixteenth century. Sometimes in place of ruffs there are horizontally draped necklaces and pendant earrings
    • Iron corset

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    • In the late fifteenth century fitted underbodies are made of heavy material. Hinged iron corsets replace the underbodies early in the sixteenth century. By mid-century some corsets are boned in patterns which follow the lines of the dress seam. To...
    • Tailor, The

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    • From Sacrae Caesareae. Apparently still without its boring set in, a funnel-shaped farthingale hangs in the upper right-hand corner of this shop
    • Engraving detail

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    • A variation of the hoops, this sausage like bolster is tied around the hips just below the waist. It changes the form of the skirt from a cone to a cylinder
    • Queen Elizabeth

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    • Elizabeth's hoop is an interpretation of the Spanish style. The severity is softened by an intricate texture combining gold, jewels, cut slashes, and decorated with clasps of gold and jewels. The wide ruff and cuffs are made of openwork lace. A...

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