Queen Elizabeth and Thom BrowneAs the uni-sex ruff became an increasingly pervasive component of Renaissance dress, women made an alteration to the demure neckpiece creating the open ruff as an alternative that showcased the woman’s bust. For Thom Browne’s SS 2014 collection, the designer would reappropriate several elements of historic costume including the women’s open ruff.


Queen Elizabeth I, The Ditchley portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, c. 1592

Thom Browne SS 2014

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