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Elizabethan Gown

Lindsay Bennett's avatar Lindsay Bennett

In continuing with my series of historic reproductions, this year I am creating an English gown from the late 16th century or Elizabethan era. My goal is to bring world history to life in a real and tangible way for both young and old by creating a visually historically accurate piece. I've seen first hand on many occasions how being in the presence of the opulence of these gowns can spark an interest in history that may not have been there before. Queen Elizabeth I herself was noted as favoring black and white clothing so that was the color theme I chose. The gown is comprised of ivory satin and tapestry fabrics and embellished with all glass pearls and crystals. The ruff collar is satin and Italian lace and the head piece, or Atifet, is satin and suede with pearls and crystals. I created period correct silk thread wrapped buttons for the sleeves and made my own reproduction jewelry staying with the pearl theme and embellishing with faux emeralds.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 4'
  • Medium: Fabric
  • Width: 4'
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 6'