Basic Entry, Female

1578 CE Female Wealthy Merchant Class Gown

TitleFemale Wealthy Merchant Class Gown
Entry #GGB2021.102
Alternate Names 
Time range1578
regionWestern europe
MakerMary Elizebeth (Molly) Hathaway
ConfidenceImage example


The Elizabethan Gown is a decorated bodice and skirt worn over a chemise, corset and farthingale


No additional Information provided

Inspiration Images

Common Materials

  • Fabrics:
    • silk, satin, velvet, taffeta
  • Ornamentation:
    • bobbin lace, jewels, and embroidery

Effective Substitutions

  • Fabrics:
    • Heavy brocades, like upholstery fabrics, work well to give a rich look
    • Fancy bedspreads also work well for inserts
  • Ornamentation:
    • Buttons work well as jewels. 
    • Lace curtains sometimes look enough like bobbin lace to use

Ensemble Components

  • Chemise (high necked or low necked)
  • stockings
  • corset
  • outerskirt
  • bodice

  • farthingale (a bumroll can be added with the farthingale if wanted) 
  • underskirt
  • partlet
  • shoes


  • snood, hat
  • strings of pearls or other jewels around the neck
  • choker necklace
  • rings, ear rings, gloves, girdle belt
  • ear rings
  • gloves
  • girdle belt
  • mirror hanging from the belt
  • decorative pouch hanging from the belt


Elizabeth of Valios by Alonso Sanchez Coello 1564

Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlocked by Janet Arnold

Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlocked  by Janet Arnold

1560 Elisabeth De Valois by Alonso Sanchez Coello…Grand Ladies  Web Page

Source of Period PicA Young Lady Aged 21, Possibly Helena Snakenborg, Later Marchioness of Northampton 1569
Moderns version Made ByLaurie Coleman Downs
ModelMary Elizebeth (Molly) Hathaway 091413-10
PhotographerVincent De Vere
Entry #GGB2021.102

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