Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Anne of Denmark — Neckline and Collar

I came across an old post by a friend asking what this sort of neckline would be called:

The collar style is unusual enough that I decided to look up general neckline descriptions. The closest appears to be a neckline called either the Elizabethan or the Queen Anne, but the descriptions all concur that the bustline for a Queen Anne is a sweetheart shape, and the bustline of this is more of a scoop neck shape.

Curious about the naming of the neckline, I did a Google image search on the term 'Queen Anne'. This primarily turned up images of Queen Anne of Great Britain (1665-1714) with scooped neckline but no collar. The search also turned up images of Anne Boleyn (1501-1536) with a square neckline, Anne of Austria (1601-1666) with the scooped neckline but the wrong collar, and Anne of Denmark (1574-1619).

Anne Of Great Britain (1665-1714)
Anne Boleyn (1501-1536)
Anne of Austria (1601-1666)

Looking at the Wikipedia article on Anne of Denmark resulted in the following set of images:

I don't know if images of Anne of Denmark were any sort of basis for the Queen Anne neckline, but I do think the first image I showed of the white top is a nice modern interpretation of this 16th century neckline and collar.

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