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Surviving Female Clothing
17th Century
Museum Treasures

All photos taken by B. Levick or N. Kipar
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Mid 17th Century 1660s

Bodice 1660s bodice from the V&A museum. It is heavily and fully boned, taking on the functions of stays and outer garment at the same time. Bodice Close-up of the brown silk and the parchment lace, which is applied to the bodice in the very typical fashion of following the seams, as seen in numerous portraits and paintings.
Bodice Close-up of the sleeve, decorated with lace running down the length of the short sleeve that is set into the bodice very low at the shoulders. Bodice Close-up of the intricate parchment lace.
Jacket Knitted silk jacket, probably Italian. They were imported into England in rectangular panels and assembled at home.    

Museum Treasures
Female Period Clothing Early 1630s - 40s | Female Middle 1660s | Female Late 1720
Male Period Clothing Early 1630s | Male Middle 1660s - 70s | Male Late 1700
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