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Portrait of woman as huntress by Ferdinand Bol, 1640s
Unknown woman as the muse Euterpe by Jacob Adriaensz Backer, 1649-50
Linen dressing jacket (British), Met, 1725-50
Silk damask banyan, V&A, 1750-60
This is an unusual example of a banyan or nightgown for a woman. In the 1650s, the introduction of the Japanese kimono to Western society by the Dutch East India Company started a fashion for these simple loose garments. While it was difficult to import traditional kimonos from Japan, English tailors were soon making them up in the most fashionable silks. The woman’s banyan remained an informal garment throughout the 18th century. It would have been worn over stays and petticoats in the privacy of home, either in the morning before dressing formally for the day or in the evening before changing for bed.
This particular example from the period 1750 to 1770 combines the traditional T-shape of a kimono with the conventional European shaping for a woman’s gown at the back and sides.
dailydoseofsoda asked: Hi! I was wondering if you could post dresses or paintings from Spain up to 1900? Thank you so much!
Gold and pearl necklace, V&A, 1860-69
Tiffany & Co. gold necklace, V&A, ca. 1880
shadyoaks asked: they don't all have to be, I'd just like to see some stuff that people would be wearing in the Netherlands in the 1630s for the general silhouette, the rest doesn't matter where it's from. :3 Thank you!
I’ll see what I have saved - although I really don’t research Dutch fashions much. I’ll look some portraits up and queue what I can find!