Tudor gown

of the Countess Palatine Dorothea Sabina of Neuburg

Period: around 1600, Germany

This Tudor gown from the late German Renaissance was based on the original cut of the dress worn by Countess Palatine Dorothea Sabina von Neuburg, which is in the Bavarian National Museum in Munich. It has a detachable ruff.

The gown is made of red velvet trimmed with antique metal braids. The sleeves are made of heavy silk brocade interwoven with gold. The slit sleeves with a crown at the wrist are typical of the Renaissance, while the lavish braid decoration foreshadows the coming Baroque fashion. This also applies to the bodice, which is already slightly rounded in the bust area. The bodice is fully stiffened.

The open overskirt reveals a brocade underskirt. There are long train sleeves over the narrower sleeves. The geometric arrangement of the trims and the stand-up collar give this costume a rather austere character despite its splendour. As it was made for historical dancing, the train has been omitted.

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