This is Margaret Cranmer, in a commissioned portrait that's a companion piece for the large Cranmer painting I did here. She's in her velvet wedding gown, which is German in style as she was from Nuremberg, and that was where the Cranmers married. For the gown, I was inspired by Lucas Cranach's portrait of Sybille of Cleves, the sister of Anne of Cleves. There's something quite attractive and soft about German styles of the period, as opposed to the more rigid and angular English Tudor style.
This is also the first time I ever painted velvet, which was tricky, but an interesting challenge.
so this is the back of my wedding dress i designed. it is a strapless dress, with a corset back. it has a bunch of layers and a strip of lace goes around the bottom.check out my page to find the front!
Fourth historical gown design in my mini series. In my opinion, it's the best one yet.
This time it's a Tudor Gown. This style of dress was fashionable during the first half of the 16th century in England. Renaissance fashions looked pretty different in other European countries at that time and the Tudor gown with matching gable hood was only worn in England. It got its name from the Tudor dynasty of kings who ruled at that time. The sleeves are a bit out of control and they really confused me, but now I think they look good. I had so much fun with the vibrant colours.♥
For references, I looked at screenshots of the movie "The Other Boleyn Girl" (which is uninteresting except for the gorgeous costumes) and at historical paintings of the young Elizabeth I. and other famous English nobles of that time.