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Baroque dress for the

Langenfeld museum

Period: 1670, Netherlands

The following Baroque dress has been commissioned work for the Langenfeld museum.

After a skull find in 1964 that was pointed at the execution of a woman during the second half of the 17th century, numerous renown researchers spent the last decades on investigating the case. With the help of modern technology they were able to create a facial reconstruction. It was exhibited in Langenfeld with an additional copy that showed how the skull was pierced by a nail.
The dress the lady might have worn was designed in cooperation with a Dutch colleague for this interactive room installation.

Fabric remnants that were found with the skull served as basis for the reproduction of this dress:
8-harness bluish atlas fabric and golden braid with metal threads. The design and creation process was based on thorough research, which included studying drawings and paintings from the second half of the 17th century, as well as consultations with art historians from both the Centraal Museum Utrecht and the Rijksmeuseum Amsterdam.

The Baroque dress' cut was modeled after an original cut of the Netherlands from 1670. We used 5-harness, light blue silk atlas, the preferred type of silk during this epoch. The dress was embroidered lavishly with metal interwoven, filigree braid. The bodice has generous boning that creates the strict shape while pushing the breast up. The Baroque fashion thereby saved people the additional corset. The round-shaped hip is accomplished through a hip roll, back then often referred to as "women's flab" in German.

Under the actual dress ladies wore a chemise of fine linen. The corresponding headgear for this Baroque dress is a so-called 'pinner', i.e. a cap with long lappets hanging down the sides of the cheeks, which was worn by all classes in the Netherlands but of different fabrics.

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