Category Archives: Bodices and Chemises

Catherine Parr

At last, the saga comes to an end, and we finally get our answer to the question, “Will Henry VIII ever stop marrying new women?” The answer, of course, is “Only when he’s dead.” For the concluding chapter, let’s chat … Continue reading

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The Bavarian Ball-and Chain: Anne of Cleves

The “Flanders Mare,” as history has dubbed her, Anne of Cleves was King Henry VIII’s shortest-lived wife, yet she managed to outlive all of the other 5 wives and Henry himself! Anne’s brief bio as Queen is full of fascinating … Continue reading

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Keep Your Gowns Close and Your Chemises Closer

The modern-day chemise has earned a reputation as a scandalous vixen of the night. But in decades past, the “chemise” referred to a simpler, lengthier garment than its lacy descendants. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, the chemise resembled … Continue reading

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I Want Your Bodice

Is there anything more beautiful than a woman who can’t breathe? Or so seemed to be the mindset in 16th to 18th century Europe when women’s fashion was ribcage-crushingly tight. One of these taut garments was known as a “bodice.” … Continue reading

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