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Baroque dress based on the painting of

Margaretha Vos
 
 

Period: 1618, Netherlands,

The portrait art of the 17th century offered the commissioner a number of possibilities: bust, half-length, knee-length and full-body portraits. The latter was one of the most expensive pieces of painted work and was long reserved for princes. During the Baroque these portraits were also luxury only the wealthiest people could afford. Margaretha Vos portrayed by Cornelis van der Voort in about 1618 was therefore a member of the Dutch high society. She certainly chose one of her most beautiful dresses for this occasion and thus we can assume that this painting shows one of the most representative ladies' suits of the early Baroque period
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We recreated this Baroque suit from black cotton velvet and black-golden brocade. The high-necked, strengthened bodice is boned with numerous sticks on the inside.



The narrow sleeves are embroidered with beaded shoulder padding and delicate silk lace-cuffs. The wide hanging upper sleeves are of floor-length and are worn open. The pleated skirt has a hem circumference of 10 meters [11 yards].

Both a hoop petticoat and a hip roll accomplish the round shape. The ruff collar of this baroque suit was crafted from two double ruffs of treated silk. The diadem hood with lace and embroidered beads is made of the same fabric.

 
 
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