As they do say, “Be your own Kind Of Beautiful”. The only appropriate outfit for a well-bred woman of the sixteenth century was a complex ensemble that is known by the simple terms “gown,” or “dress.” These gowns, depicted in great detail in the many surviving paintings from the period, reveal the riches available to the members of the courts that surrounded European royalty. They could be constructed of luxurious materials like silk, velvet, and lace; lavishly adorned with pearls, beads, and jewels; and decorated with the most intricate patterns of stitching and embroidery. Those gowns worn by members of royalty and wealthy noblewomen were truly works of art.
Even common women dressed in gowns that mimicked the wealthy in form, though not in the quality of the materials.
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