self-fashioning literally involved the use of "fashion."
She dressed to
be seen; her rich clothes and jewels made a statement about her power
as a female ruler and about the stability and strength of her nation.
Their impact was
noted especially by foreign visitors to court.
From Germans we
hear of her "red robe interwoven with gold thread," and her
"pure white satin, gold-embroidered" gown.
From a Frenchman,
report of "a chain of rubies and pearls about her neck," and
pearl bracelets, "six or seven rows of them."