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The DEFINITIVE Sourcebook for Elizabethan finery.,
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This review is from: Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd (Hardcover)
Any student of costume - and even master costumer or historian - will simply drool over this book. And the thing is, all the paintings of Elizabeth that were done, of which there are many magnified details, are the chroniclers of the life and power of "the virgin queen" and her immense power. When you look at every piece of fine lace, every brocade, every jewel-encrusted embellishment, it will come to you that people spent their lives creating this finery. Every jewel was not only real, but precious. Every gold thread was real gold. This book also sheds light on just how much emphasis Elizabethans put on how they adorned their bodies, and how many times a day they had to change every inch of it. Especially Elizabeth, who had attendants work their fingers to the bone to get her into, and out of, these gorgeous - and no doubt excruciating if not fitted perfectly - masterpieces. This book gives many fine detail shots of the paintings, as well as photographs of what we still have of Elizabeth's wardrobe over the years, some in museums and many only in archives. This book is astounding eye candy and much, much more.