Virago Sleeve

Portrait of Marie-Louise de Tassis by Anthony van Dyck, c. 1630. The woman is showing her virago sleeves. Portrait of Marie-Louise de Tassis by Anthony van Dyck, c. 1630. The woman is showing her virago sleeves. Copyright The Princely Collections, Liechtenstein.

A virago sleeve is a full, paned sleeve, used in the early seventeenth century in western Europe. It was made from a series of cloth strips, which were gathered into two puffs by a ribbon or cloth band just above the elbow. The main sleeve strips were often embroidered. This type of sleeve was fashionable for women’s clothing in the 1620's and '30's. GVE 

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