Fashion surely reached the pinnacle of extravagance and magnificence in the 16th and early 17th centuries and we are fortunate that the era produced great painters with the technical virtuosity to reproduce in almost photographic detail the rich brocades, gleaming silks, the lace, furs, feathers and pearls that bedecked their aristocratic patrons. Courtly costumes proclaimed power, status and wealth and, my goodness, if you had it you flaunted it. Being anything less than OTT was not an option.
This large, lavish and richly illustrated book chronicles the courtly clobber of the period with examples taken mostly from the Royal Collections. Simply to hold and open up this book provides you with an aesthetic pleasure and experience of a kind that Kindle and e-books can never duplicate; and if, like me, you have a tendency in art galleries to scrutinize old master paintings at close range to see how the effects were achieved, this book duly obliges with many close-ups so that you can gaze in wonder at the meticulous, painstaking detail. The text is unfailingly interesting and informative. Whether you're interested in Tudor/Stuart history, the history of costume, the history of art, or simply enjoy looking at old master paintings, I can enthusiastically recommend this handsome book. I notice that some Amazon partners are offering new copies for as little as £25 and at that price the book is an absolute steal.