Portrait of a Woman (1819)
Copyright held by Paul Underwood Collection
This painting is probably not of a fancy
dress costume, but an actual outfit worn by one of the more trend-setting
fashionables of the day. Dress "a la Mary Queen of Scots" or "a la Vandyke"
or "in the manner of the beauty's of Charles I's day" were promoted in
women's fashion periodicals as early as the
1800s. The trend for clothing of the Renaissance led to a passion for
ruffs, slashed sleeves, and "antique" style jewelry such as we see here.