Tag Archives: Renaissance

As Seen In – Eleanor of Toledo’s 1562 burial gown

There may be a new contender for the oldest extant illustrated garment. Until now I thought it was the c. 1610 jacket of Margaret Layton, but Daniel Milford-Cottam alerted me to a possible earlier garment worn by Eleanor of Toledo in … Continue reading

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The first book of fashion…

In 1520, 23 year old Matthaeus Schwarz began a record of his fashionable life. He started commissioning watercolour paintings of himself wearing his latest clothes. For forty years he kept a record of his fashions while he worked as the … Continue reading

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On a Pedestal – Renaissance Chopines to Baroque Heels – Exhibition Review

(Originally blogged December 9, 2009) I love it when I find preeminent exhibitions. The Met’s Poiret exhibition in 2007 and the Yves St. Laurent retrospective in Montreal in 2008 were both superlative shows that could not have been better. The … Continue reading

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