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The 1660s
Restoration Costume Comes to Life

Part 2, Page 1
Gentry and Aristocracy, Women: Overview

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5
Lower Class Women and Men Gentry and Aristocracy, Women Gentry and Aristocracy, Men The Whole Look: Accessories Costume Focus: Women's Headwear & Neckwear

LadiesThe Famous Beauties of the Restoration Court

This part is all about the clothing of the wealthy peoples. Part 3 will be about the clothing of the gentlemen and Lesson 4 about accessories like shoes, fans, gloves, hairstyles, hoods, hats, stockings, jewellery. This lesson though is exclusively about the ladies and you will find in your way through this lesson over 120 images and all with comments and explanations.

Therefore I suggest you start the tour straight away and enjoy your time amongst the beauties of the 1660s!

Recommended Books
Arnold, Janet. Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomen's Dresses and their Construction c.1660-1860. London: Macmillan, 1964, 1972.
This book has one of the best fitting bodice pattern. It is taken from the Claydon House dress from 1660-65 and is the one with the decoration of strips of pinked silk, which you can see on the page with extant garments. Bjarne from Drews Costumes had tried his hand on the Jean Hunnisett bodice pattern, but the pattern pieces did not fit properly together and when I tried on the toile there was no way we could make the bodice fit.

Waugh, Norah. The Cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1930. London: Faber and Faber.
In her indispensable book is the pattern of the bodice in the Museum of Costume in Bath, the silver tissue dress.


Overview | Dresses | Bodice & Skirt | Jackets | Stays | Chemises | Decoration
Extant Garments | The Making of... | Underpinnings | The Dressing of a Lady

Nicole Kipar 1998