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T A B L E T O P

Queen Elizabeth often wore the French Farthingale, creating a "tabletop" look.

 

                            Princess Elizabeth (1596-1662)

                            by Robert Peake the Elder, 1606.

“It seems to be one of the principles of fashion that once an exaggeration has been decided on it becomes ever more exaggerated.”

 

                                                                                                       James Laver,

                                         Costume and Fashion: A Concise History, page 179

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