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Fashion, Then and Now



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After Paulus van Somer. Elizabeth Wriothesley, Countess of Southampton. Oil on canvas, after 1620

When people in seventeenth-century England had their portraits painted, they made sure to wear fancy clothes and jewelry. They often wore bright colors and fine fabrics like silk and velvet. This showed their good taste, wealth, and status.

 

Check out some modern fashions . What do people wear to show their wealth, status, and taste today? What do their clothes say about them? How have fashions changed since the 1600’s? Has anything stayed the same?

 
Royal, military and court costumes of the time of James I. Watercolor, early 17th century



Pierre Lombart. Anne, Countess of Bedford. Engraving after Van Dyck, ca. 1650



Royal, military and court costumes of the time of James I. Watercolor, early 17th century



Royal, military and court costumes of the time of James I. Watercolor, early 17th century





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