The more I dig into fashion history, the more interested I get in what was actually worn here, in Sweden, where I live. It’s not altogether easy to find information about that. So I have been very happy in diffing into a Danish website: Dragter på epitafier og gravsten i Danmark (Costumes on epitaphs and tombs in Denmark). There are even a few from germany and more than a few from Swedish churches, dated from the 16th century to the 18th. So far I have only dug into the paintings and they are a wonderful source to what well to do, but not necessarily aristocratic, women wore in Denmark and Sweden. Here are a few from the late 17th-early 18th century, showing some really nice mantuas, caps and hairstyles.
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Two great fontange caps.
|Anonymous lady by Lucas Ambders, 1685|
|Anonymous lady by Necolaus Tych, 1695|
|Peder Jensen Lucoppidan and Anna Christine Jørgensdatter with their children. Svendborg Sct Nicolai kirke, Denmark. Painted in 1696|
More somber mantuas, but the caps are spectacular!
This mantua in black is even more sober.
|Frands König and Anne Lauritzdatter. Kirke Helsige kirke, Denmark. Painted in 1694.|
Also very pretty with the borders.
|Mathias Rubenius and his wives; Anna and Gertrud Katrina Liljengranat. Färlövs kyrka, Sweden. Painted 1700-09|
And this mantua is stunning and the cap is too! I want it!
|Anne Christensdatter Søe 1644-1736. Thisted kirke, Denmark. Painted 1684.|
|Catharina, married to Johannes Georg Alsing. Västra Tommarps kyrka, Sweden|
I'm not sure if the following gowns are closed front Mantuas or some other kind of gown. And more spectacular caps!
|Mads Christensen and Martha Bertelsdatter with their children. Bjerned kirke, Denmark Painted 1691.|
|Laurits Jensen Beder and Anna Cathrine Pedersdatter Dorscheus with their children. Beder kirke, Denmark. painted around 1690.|
|Maren Stefansdatter and her daughters. Varde Sct Jacobi Kirke, Denmark. Painted in 1677|
|Christen Lauridsen Rhuus and Johanne Samuelsdatter Gesmel. Saeby kirke, Denmark. Painted around 1700 by Christen Lauridsen Rhuus .|
The red fabric is so gorgeous! And a nice view on the stays too.
|Christiane Marie Foss 1684-1750, married to Carsten Worm 1707, Århus stift|
And here it looks like the stays are laced over a different coloured stomacher.
|Knud Hauch and Sophie Brun. Ribe Sct Catharina kirke, Denmark. Painted by Knud Hauch 1703 |
And a few hairstyles. Big hair was a thing around 1700 too.
|Edel Sophie Bille 1684-1706. Ubby kirke, Roskilde stift. Painted in 1714|
|Margrethe Ingeborg Hemmer, 1643-1723, married to Mathias Worm. Painting from 1700-09, Århus Stift|
|Unknown girl, 12 years old. painted 1690-09. Denmark|