27 Jan '15, 3pm
#TheCostumist explores the history of the ruff, from 16th c. paintings to today's runway:
While the ruff is harder to pull off today than in past centuries (believe me, I’ve tried), a few contemporary designers have revived it for the runway. Sarah Burton quite clearly had Tudor Britain on her mind when creating her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection for Alexander McQueen. Not only were the models wearing neat ruffs, but the bejewelled gold thread snoods – trending as hair-wear back in Henry VIII’s court – were pulled right over their faces. Other memorable recent adaptations: the British designer Gareth Pugh turned ruffs into black and white winglike expanses for Spring 2009 (below, right), and in 2000, Junya Watanabe reinterpreted the ruff for Comme des Garçons (above, right) as a voluminous cloud of concertinaed pleats that practically consumed the wearer.