Gilt and Silk: Early 17th Century Costume


This display showcases early seventeenth-century costume at The Burrell Collection. 

The highlight is an extremely rare crimson silk satin petticoat embroidered with a variety of flowers and birds that will be displayed full-length for the first time. Dating from about 1610-1620, its provenance suggests that it may have belonged to Anne of Denmark, the wife of James VI and I. 

Other favourites returning to display after conservation work are an embroidered woman’s waistcoat together with coifs, nightcaps and sweet bags. New interpretation includes a specially commissioned film looking at how these garments were created and worn.

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