Monday, January 09, 2017

The Holy Grail Of Fashion History?

An altar cloth which was cut and used to cover the altar of St Faith's Church in Herefordshire may be the “holy grail of fashion history” after evidence points to this piece of fabric being the last surviving gown of Queen Elizabeth I. The Queen is depicted in the Rainbow Portrait wearing a similar fabric, but no documentary evidence has been found to suggest the dress was worn by her.



It is made from cloth of silver; a high status fabric which Tudor sumptuary law dictated could only be worn by royalty or the highest echelons of the aristocracy.

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