Inspiration – Mid 17th century

There’s a trend around 1660-1680 for smooth, solid colored dresses with relatively little decoration. Clean, satin lines, sometimes with pearls, jewels, lace or bows, but also often smooth and plain. Common colors are white, light blue, gold, red and black.

Some portraits

"Young Lady by a Fountain" by Nicolaes Maes (1664):

American Duchess:Historical Costuming | Historical Costuming and sewing of Rococo 18th century clothing, 16th century through 20th century, by designer Lauren Reeser:

Portret van Cornelia Craen van Haeften (1622-1678), Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen (II), 1663 - 1678 - Rijksmuseum:

Portret van een vrouw, Wallerant Vaillant, 1660 - 1677 - Rijksmuseum:


Another example of the necklines.   Painting by Gabriel Metsu - 1663

Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham (1632-1705) was the first woman architect, and she not only tutored the young genius Christopher Wren, but helped him design 18 of the 52 London churches that were commissioned by him following the Great Fire of London in 1666.:

Portret van een vrouw, Herman Verelst, 1667:

Henrietta Maria of France, Queen of England (1609-1669) by Michael Dahl (on auction by Koller Auctions) From

Princess Henrietta Anne of England Jan Mijtens - 1665: Johannes Mijtens (circa 1614–1670) Title Portrait of Margaretha van Raephorst (1625-1690).[1] Alternative title(s): Margaretha van Raephorst (d 1690). Wife of Cornelis Tromp.[2] Description Pendant of: File:Johannes Mijtens 001.jpg Date 1668 Medium oil on canvas Dimensions 152 × 121 cm (59.8 × 47.6 in) Current location Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q190804 Depot Accession number SK-A-285:

Anne St John was born on November 5, 1614, the second child and eldest daughter of Sir John St John and his wife Anne Leighton. She first married Sir Francis Lee, Baron of Ditchley in 1632, and after his death in 1639, she married Henry Wilmot. She was a cousin of Barabra Villiers and mother of infamous poet Lord Rochester.:

Portrait de femme by Jan de Baen (1633-1702):

Portret van Amalia van Solms (1602-75), Gerard van Honthorst, 1650 - Rijksmuseum:

1647 Amalia van Solms by Gerrit van Honthorst (Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam Holland):




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