OVERVIEW

Womenswear

Wikipedia describes 1640s fashion:

“Fashion in the period 1600–1650 in Western European clothing is characterized by the disappearance of the ruff in favour of broad lace or linen collars. Waistlines rose through the period for both men and women. Other notable fashions included full, slashed sleeves and tall or broad hats with brims. For men, hose disappeared in favour of breeches.

Spanish fashions remained very conservative. The ruff lingered longest in Spain and the Netherlands, but disappeared first for men and later for women in France and England.

“The social tensions leading to the English Civil Warwere reflected in English fashion, with the elaborate French styles popular at the courts of James I and his son Charles I contrasting with the sober styles in sad or somber colours favoured by Puritans and exported to the early settlements of New England.”

Portrait of Friedrich Wilhelm, Elector of Brandenburg, and his Wife Louise Henriette, Countess of Orange-Nassau

Fig. 1 - Gerard van Honthorst (Dutch, 1592-1656). Portrait of Friedrich Wilhelm, Elector of Brandenburg, and his Wife Louise Henriette, Countess of Orange-Nassau, 1647. Oil on canvas; 302 × 194.3 cm (118.9 x 76.5 in). Amsterdam: Rijks Museum, SK-A-873. Source: Pinterest

Buff leather coat with silver-gilt braid trimming

Fig. 2 - Designer unknown. Buff leather coat with silver-gilt braid trimming, 1640. Leather, with whalebone stiffening in the collar and silver-gilt braids; Height: 103 cm, Width: 68 cm skirt. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, T.34-1948. Source: Victoria and Albert Museum

Portrait of a Lady

Fig. 3 - Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (Italian, 1609-1662). Portrait of a Lady, 1647-49. Oil on canvas; 200 x 120 cm. Bologna: Collezioni Comunali d'Arte di Palazzo d'Accursio. Source: Pinterest

Portrait of a lady

Fig. 4 - Jadwiga Łuszkowska (Polish). Portrait of a lady, 1640. Gdańsk: National Museum. Source: Pinterest

Menswear

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Ulrik Christian Gyldenløve (1630-1658), son of Christian IV and Vibeke Kruse

Fig. 1 - Abraham Wuchters (Danish, 1608 - 1682). Ulrik Christian Gyldenløve (1630-1658), son of Christian IV and Vibeke Kruse, 1645. Oil on canvas; 208 x 123 cm. Denmark: Statens Museum for Kunst, KMS617. Køb, Kaptajn Schapers arvinger - 1851. Source: Pinterest

Andries Stilte as a Standard Bearer

Fig. 2 - Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck (Dutch, 1600-1662). Andries Stilte as a Standard Bearer, 1640. Oil on canvas; 104 x 78.5 cm (40 15/16 x 30 7/8 in). Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1998.13.1. Patrons' Permanent Fund. Source: Pinterest

CHILDREN’S WEAR

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Historical Context

Wikipedia: 1640-1649
Rulers:

Map of Europe in 1640. Source: Wikimedia

Events:

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Secondary Sources

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