The Seventeenth Century
A Visual History of Costume is a series designed for those who need easy-to-use reference material of the history of dress. Each book covers one century. The central part of each book is a series of illustrations, in black and white and colour and arranged in order of date, taken from the time of the dress itself. These include oil paintings, engravings, woodcuts and line drawings. By the use of such material, the reader is given a clear idea of what was worn and how, without the distortion and loss of detail which modern line drawings can entail.
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Albert Museum Anthony van Dyck band bodice Body braid brimmed brocaded silk buttons canvas National Portrait canvas Suffolk Collection canvas The Tate colour contrasting costume Countess cravat curls Daniel Mytens decolletage decorated doublet Dyck edged embroidered embroidery Engraving falling band Fashion plate Private front full breeches gemstone Gheeraedts gloves Greater London Council Head The hair Head The hairstyle Hollar Note Homme de qualite jerkin John Michael Wright knot lace collar Lady Lely loosely mantua moustache Museum of London Mytens narrow National Portrait Gallery neckline Oil on canvas panes pearls petticoat petticoat breeches plate Private Collection pleats qualite en habit Queen revealing ribbon ringlets rosettes ruff ruffles scarf shallow shirt sleeves shoes shoulder cape shoulder wings sitters smock sleeves standing collar style of dress tabs Tate Gallery tiered trunkhose Unknown artist Note Victoria & Albert waist waistcoat waistline wear Wenceslas Hollar wide women women's dress worn