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Getting Dressed in 1665

There’s a growing collection of videos being made showing how women —and sometimes men— got dressed in various time periods.

Here’s a link to one, showing how a woman got dressed —all the various layers and the whys and wherefores — in 1665.

That’s the same period as the painting on the left —  Vermeer’s famous painting called Girl with a Pearl Earring.

If you’re interested in the painting, you can read more about it here. I’ve always thought that pearl was exceptionally large to be worn by an unknown artist’s model. In those days all pearls were natural and therefore accidental, and one that size would have been exceptionally rare and the kind of thing that only a queen could afford. I was interested to see that the authenticity of the pearl was questioned in recent times, and thought by some to be polished tin. That sounds much more likely to me. But who cares? It’s a very beautiful and evocative painting, and the pearl adds beauty and mystique. 

The clothing video is here: