Collection

D154225
D154226
D154227

Gown of Countess Palatine Dorothea Sabina of Neuburg

Artist
Locality
South Germany
Date
c. 1598
Material/Technique
Silk, metal
Dimensions
H. 136 cm
Location
Inventory Number
T 4382 - T 4403
Epoch
Renaissance

Description

This magnificent dress is justifiably famous all over the world. It is one of the very few complete women's garments from the 16th century to have survived. It is made of olive green silk velvet with gold trim and has hanging sleeves with yellow, slashed atlas silk lining. The green taffeta underskirt is decorated with silver lace. The materials alone show that this garment was worn by a princess; other women were forbidden to wear such precious clothing. Dorothea Sabina of Palatinate-Neuburg died at the age of only 21 and was buried in this gown. The garment embodies the Spanish courtly fashion prevalent in Europe, albeit of an Italian cut that was popular in Bavaria.

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