Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'dby Janet Arnold
The vast wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth I is legendary: in her own time some of the richly embroidered gowns were displayed with other treasures to dazzle the eyes of foreign visitors to the Tower of London. The quantity of clothes recorded in the inventories taken in 1600 would seem to suggest sheer vanity, but a survey of work carried out in the Wardrobe of Robes throughout the reign reveals a different picture. It is one of careful organisation and economy. This copiously annotated work is illustrated with photographs of portraits, miniatures, tomb sculptures, engravings, woven textiles and embroideries. Two indexes are provided, the first of paintings, persons, places, and events, while the second, partly a glossary, enables the reader to quickly trace information on fashionable dress and accessories. An invaluable reference for students of the history of dress and embroidery, for social historians, for art historians working in the field of portraiture, and those with a general interest in the period.
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I did take a chance ordering the book after reading another review stating that the pictures were too dark. And yes, they are a bit dark...BUT they are photographs of old paintings. Old paintings develop a patina. I think that is where the problem, if you could call it that, comes from. Very informative. Well written. A pleasure.
Although this book has wonderful resources through the works of art pictured I would have really liked a lot more of the photos printed in color. It would have added great value to those of us who recreate history. Well worth the price for the amount of research and information contained in the text as well as the closeup images of actual items.