Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs


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Clothing in Britain has often seen fantastical extravagance and distortion. This small display of paintings and miniatures explores the collars and ruffs that were such a striking feature of sixteenth and seventeenth-century dress. Their design and scale changed continually over the period, with each decade heralding a new fashion that allowed sitters to demonstrate their wealth and style. From the clean folds of starched linen to the intricate patterns of French and Italian lace, collars and ruffs offered men and women the perfect means with which to frame their faces for the world.

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National Portrait Gallery

St Martin's Place
+44 (0)20 7306 0055
Public transport:
Tube: Leicester Square or Charing Cross Train: Charing Cross

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