Fashion designers are receptive to a myriad of influences
from things current and from things past.
For his s/s 2009 collection, British designer Gareth Pugh
was inspired by 16th century dress.
(image from nymag.com):
designer, Gareth Pugh
He acknowledged that the British monarch,
Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603)
served as his fashion muse.
(image from bbc.co.uk):
Queen Elizabeth I
by Nicholas Hilliard, 1595
Known for a ‘fashion as performance art’ approach to his designs,
Pugh’s monochromic colour themed collection
featured extravagant ruff collars, which directly
referenced this garment detail of the Elizabethan period.
Of interest to Pugh was the effect of the 16th century ruff collar
on the manner in which the wearer’s body moved.
Certainly the cloth of ruff collar,
starched stiff to hold its folds
limited side to side head mobility and
probably altered the wearer’s natural stance and walk.
As the Pugh collection indicates,
fashion anticipates future dress as well as
pays homage to former times.
(images from stylebistro.com)
From the Gareth Pugh archives
Hear Gareth Pugh’s comments on 16th century fashion:
ruff collars, sleeve hems and Elizabeth I as style icon
at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace exhibition (London, UK)
In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion
ends 6 October 2013