EXCERPT: The gown is of a yellow silk damask and the sleeves of a white silk cloth of gold pinked with nested diamond shapes. It is based on an engraving of a "noble French woman" by Jean Jacques Boissard from
Backside of Elizabethan gown, silk and velvet, embroidered with pearls, galon and gold roses. Ruff with supportasse. Costume made by Angela Mombers. Picture by Bart Kools. This is why I wish portraits could turn round!
Elizabeth I: "The Hardwick Portrait", by Nicholas Hilliard and his workshop; commissioned by Bess of Hardwick, who also embroidered the skirt the queen is wearing in the portrait. The painting can be viewed still at Hardwick Hall.