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Elisabeth I costume, by Angela Mombers, picture by Piet Osefius

Elisabeth I costume, by Angela Mombers, picture by Piet Osefius

Elizabethan style men's costume, velvet and silk. Made by Angela Mombers, picture by Henk van Rijssen.

Elizabethan style men's costume, velvet and silk. Made by Angela Mombers, picture by Henk van Rijssen.

Esther Blanchett from Trinity Blood. Photography by MrGnob. Cosplay by Kaikida. Costume by MrGnob, Kaikida, and Gnusinc.

Esther Blanchett from Trinity Blood. Photography by MrGnob. Cosplay by Kaikida. Costume by MrGnob, Kaikida, and Gnusinc.

Backside of a 16th Century Spanish style ruff,  supported by tabbed wings with metal wire inside,  stitched to the collar.  Costume and ruff made by Angela Mombers

Backside of a 16th Century Spanish style ruff, supported by tabbed wings with metal wire inside, stitched to the collar. Costume and ruff made by Angela Mombers

Starches were often tinted, although it is quite difficult to judge the effect in portraits. In the case of this lady's ruff the tinting is obvious.

Starches were often tinted, although it is quite difficult to judge the effect in portraits. In the case of this lady's ruff the tinting is obvious.

1572_Queen Elizabeth I of England aged 38. Portrait Miniature.  Artist: Nicholas Hilliard  National Portrait Gallery, London.

1572_Queen Elizabeth I of England aged 38. Portrait Miniature. Artist: Nicholas Hilliard National Portrait Gallery, London.

Lady Dormer's ruff is made from a type of lace called 'filet lace' or 'lacis' ( ref; 'The History of Lace' by Margaret Simeon,pub. 1979). This type of lace is worked on a fine knotted net. Because linen thread can be boil-starched even as airy a construction as Lady Dormer's ruff could be set into rigid folds.

Lady Dormer's ruff is made from a type of lace called 'filet lace' or 'lacis' ( ref; 'The History of Lace' by Margaret Simeon,pub. 1979). This type of lace is worked on a fine knotted net. Because linen thread can be boil-starched even as airy a construction as Lady Dormer's ruff could be set into rigid folds.

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