16th century dress

Step back in time with these elegant 16th century dress ideas. Discover how to recreate the iconic style and embrace the timeless beauty of this historical era.
One-piece garment worn by women from later Middle Ages into Baroque period. Typically worn over a chemise or smock which acted as a slip and under the formal outer garment or gown/surcoat. Kirtles began as loose garments without a waist seam, changing to tightly fitted supportive garments in the 14th century. Later kirtles could be constructed by combining a fitted bodice with a skirt gathered or pleated into a waist seam. They could lace up the front, back or side-back, and be embellished. Woman Fashion, Outfits, Fashion, Winter Outfits, Winter Fashion, Photography Poses, Vintage Outfits, Vetements, Dress

One-piece garment worn by women from later Middle Ages into Baroque period. Typically worn over a chemise or smock which acted as a slip and under the formal outer garment or gown/surcoat. Kirtles began as loose garments without a waist seam, changing to tightly fitted supportive garments in the 14th century. Later kirtles could be constructed by combining a fitted bodice with a skirt gathered or pleated into a waist seam. They could lace up the front, back or side-back, and be embellished.

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Joanne Howe
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*** I'm not exactly sure what this garment is meant to be... A gown? A kirtle? The inspiration came from the Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608, a collection of images appropriated and later redrawn and coloured by Thomas Trevelyon. I fell in love with this image immediately. It appears to be a single front lacing layer worn over an exposed smock, paired with an apron and a linen partlet with attached or integral ruff. Now, it's never a good idea to take coloured drawings at face value and it's…

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