Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1592
Master Gheeraerts the Younger
National Portrait Gallery, London

As you can see, this fashion differs radically from the earlier ones in a number of respects. Most notably, the entire sillouhete has changed. The skirt is no longer triangular, but instead spreads out in a circle and then drops sharply to the ground; this is caused by the newly fashionable french farthingale. The line of the bodice has become much longer, and now reaches down to the hips. The round ruff has also been replaced by an arched ruff open at the front. In short, fashion has taken a whole new turn. This new sillouhette continued until Queen Elizabeth's death.