Like the Dark Side of the Moon: Rear Views of 17th Century Fashion

Bodice Backs and Bumrolls We are accustomed to seeing antique fashion from the front. It is presented to us that way in museums and paintings. Unless there is a notable feature (usually a train) in the back of a gown, the flip side of fashion is rarely put on display. In 1643, Wenceslaus Hollar published … Continue reading Like the Dark Side of the Moon: Rear Views of 17th Century Fashion

Unique Embellishments and Passementerie Through the Centuries: 17th Century Swag

Addicted to Trim: 17th Century Ribbon Loops If you could describe the 17th century in one word, “swag” probably wouldn’t be the first to come to mind, but the term– which is American slang for “fashionable, ornamental excess”– actually describes the era particularly well, especially the use of trims and ribbons that swelled to ridiculous … Continue reading Unique Embellishments and Passementerie Through the Centuries: 17th Century Swag