Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark is a riot of Renaissance elegance. A recent exhibit featured a jaw-dropping collection of hand-knitted ensembles based on the costumes in royal and noble portraits in the castle.
I love the idea of knitting, but I’m terrible at it. A simple scarf from my hands turns into a lumpy mess. So I was in awe.
The source portraits were hard to identify in Danish, so I gave up and just enjoyed the knitted versions of the costumes. How about an artfully ruched sleeve on a simple gray sweater?
Or an elegant dress based on two portraits from the 1500s? I’d cheerfully wear this if I had an occasion fancy enough.
Perhaps an elaborate lace collar?
I’d wear this dress too, if the artist knitted me one in a different color combination. Maybe subtle blues and purples?
Two of my favorite colors, and an Elizabeth vibe…
A peplum number in deep blue.
Textures and colors fit for a long-ago princess…
Join me next time for more explorations in the art, past and present, of Europe and the British Isles.