European Baroque Fashion 1640-1680
Colouful image of a European lady and gentleman in the gold trimmed costume of the day, influenced by the royal courts, dated 1640-1680 with the inscriptions I. H. v. H. A. del. and C. W. sc.
It was fashionable in this period for men to dress in a cavalier style with lace collars, matching capes, doublets and breeches, stockings and heeled boots with lace tops. Spurs were influenced by The Three Musketeers from the 1630s. By the 1660s it was fashionable for men to wear moustaches and wigs with ostrich flumes in their hats.
Fashionable women wore bodices with low rounded necklines and deep cuffs to match the ruff. A long smooth figure was created by the bodice ending with a low point at the front to the skirt. By the 1650s women would wear their hair uncovered in a bun at the back with curls to shoulder length.
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