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Portrait of an Unknown Lady by Marcus Gheeraerts II, c.1595
Elizabeth I: The Pelican Portrait (1575 by Nicholas Hilliard, Original portrait kept in the National Gallery, London)
We’d like to concentrate on an important aspect of Elizabethan costuming, and that is make-up. Here is an interesting article which talks about the beauty ideals back then, how it influenced the famous Elizabethan pale-face and bright lips look, along with authentic, albeit harmful beauty recipes and concoctions.
Harmful meaning DO NOT TRY AT HOME. Really, don’t. I love you all too much ^_^
Queen Elizabeth I, 1592
Sketch of Queen Elizabeth, 1580
Queen Elizabeth I: Rainbow Portrait (1600)
Queen Elizabeth I: The Armada Portrait (1588)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
I just have to say this right away - I love this movie. Cate Blanchett continues her role of the famous queen from Elizabeth amazingly. And the costumes - though not always accurate - were stunning. The array of colours used was WONDERFUL, and they were so dynamic that you could not help but focus on Elizabeth - and her alone. The clothing did their job, which was to make Elizabeth stand out. In all, I would say the costumes were glorious. Also, it is nice to see that the costume designer looked to portraits of Elizabeth for inspiration: the golden dress above looks to have some elements taken from the Rainbow Portrait.
For more information and plenty more (very big!) pictures, please reference Costumer’s Guide.
So, how do you like Film Friday? Shall I continue this?