Pictures Frédéric Germont.
The 17th Century
Little change occurred in women's clothes of the 17th century. Although the farthingale disappeared during the baroque period, skirts remained bell shaped. The cone-shaped corset continued, with the waist higher or lower as fashion dictated. Late in the century the loose gown, or Mantua, made its appearance. The ruff was replaced for both men and women by a wide lace collar that sloped over the shoulders.