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An embroidered Renaissance-inspired gown from #GucciFW16, read more about the inspiration:

Fashion was in its ascendancy at the courts of the Renaissance and powerful female rulers ensured that it was a truly international affair. Catherine de’ Medici popularized Italian fashions at the French court and Elizabeth I’s tailors copied patterns from abroad. Women wrote to one another across countries to share new ideas, sending dolls dressed in the latest styles for inspiration. For sovereigns like Catherine de’ Medici and Elizabeth I, who had to negotiate their roles in a man’s world, their image was the ultimate source of strength. In 1586, Elizabeth said: ‘We princes, I tell you, are set on stages in the sight and view of all the world duly observed’. Reputations depended upon seeing and being seen and clothing was a focal point of court spectacle. Strong silhouettes, tailored bodices, voluminous sleeves and shoulder rolls—style details visible in Alessandro Mich...

Full article: https://www.gucci.com/us/en/article/agenda_2016_issue05_r...

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