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Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlocked (1988)

by Janet Arnold

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Note: The mostly black & white portraits in the book can be found in color on the web at Luminarium's "Portraits of Queen Elizabeth The First," organized in three groups/links by her age.

This detailed guide to how Elizabeth I's wardrobe was conceived, sewn, transported, tracked, the gowns "handed down" to others, etc. is scholarly and obviously a work of love by the author. I find it fascinating as a novice, although the book was written both for professionals and amateurs. ( )
  Diane-bpcb | Mar 19, 2013 |
This book has rapidly become the standard when it comes to information about Elizabethan clothing. The focus is on the wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth I, with a listing of her clothing and personal wardrobe inventories. It includes detailed photos of extant garments and photos of paintings, both those seen in other books, and some seen only here. There are photos of grave monuments, with details of the clothing depicted there, so there is a wealth of information that can be applied to non-royal garments of this time, as well. Anyone doing Elizabethan re-enactment, making clothing compatible with this time period, or simply wanting to understand what it meant to be Queen from a material point of view needs this book. ( )
5 vote EowynA | Oct 28, 2008 |
Some of the most increadable examples of cloth and garments I have ever seen. Then again, she WAS the Queen... ( )
1 vote hsifeng | Mar 27, 2008 |
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The vast wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth I is legendary: in her own time some of the richly embroidered gowns were displayed with other treasures to dazzle the eyes of foreign visitors to the Tower of London. The quantity of clothes recorded in the inventories taken in 1600 would seem to suggest sheer vanity, but a survey of work carried out in the Wardrobe of Robes throughout the reign reveals a different picture. It is one of careful organization and economy. This work on the wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth I is illustrated with photographs of portraits, minatures, tomb sculptures, engravings, woven textiles and embroiders. Two indexes are provided: the first of paintings, persons, places and events; the second offering information on fashionable dress and accessories.
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