1. An absolutely amazing Turkish themed fancy dress costume by Charles Worth, circa 1870. The color of the harem pants is just beautiful. I posted the front view of this ensemble last year when I was doing the blue section of the rainbow theme.

    An absolutely amazing Turkish themed fancy dress costume by Charles Worth, circa 1870. The color of the harem pants is just beautiful. I posted the front view of this ensemble last year when I was doing the blue section of the rainbow theme.

  2. Turkish inspired costumes for women became very popular for masquerades in the second quarter of the 18th century.
This woman in Turkish costume was painted holding a traditional black Venetian mask by Rosalba Carriera between 1728 and 1741.

    Turkish inspired costumes for women became very popular for masquerades in the second quarter of the 18th century.

    This woman in Turkish costume was painted holding a traditional black Venetian mask by Rosalba Carriera between 1728 and 1741.

  3. Flemish artist Justus Sustermans painted Ferdinando II de’ Medici wearing the attire of an Ottoman noble circa 1640.

    Flemish artist Justus Sustermans painted Ferdinando II de’ Medici wearing the attire of an Ottoman noble circa 1640.

  4. Increased world trade and an influx of foreign goods to Europe in the early 17th century set off a craze for exotic clothing. Ensembles from the Ottoman Empire, referred to at the time as “Oriental” garb or attire, were especially sought after. It became very fashionable for gentlemen and wealthy merchants to have their portraits painted wearing these new exotic costumes, a trend that would endure for well over a century.
This portrait of an Old Man in Oriental Garb was painted by Jan Lievens between 1628 and 1630.

    Increased world trade and an influx of foreign goods to Europe in the early 17th century set off a craze for exotic clothing. Ensembles from the Ottoman Empire, referred to at the time as “Oriental” garb or attire, were especially sought after. It became very fashionable for gentlemen and wealthy merchants to have their portraits painted wearing these new exotic costumes, a trend that would endure for well over a century.

    This portrait of an Old Man in Oriental Garb was painted by Jan Lievens between 1628 and 1630.