In the best-known portrait supposed to be of Anne Boleyn, a square neckline frames her long slender neck, foreshadowing her terrible date with the executioner at the Tower of London in 1536.
Debates over Boleyn 's appearance - and how many fingers she had - have raged for centuries and no undisputed contemporary portrayal of her has survived. But most historians agree that her dress style, which was influenced by her youth in France, created trends at the court of 'England. She is often depicted wearing a low square neckline,a French-influenced style that dominated the Tudor dress.
Now, As a new dramatization of Boleyn's life hits television, the square neckline associated with Henry VIII's hapless second wife is experiencing a fashion revival - 500 years later, it's trending again 'be square.
Tudor-style square collars appeared on the runways of Bottega Veneta, Ganni, Molly Goddard, Shrimps and Rejina Pyo, often used by designers as a counterpoint to ruffled sleeves and voluminous dresses. Asos offers 2,018 enticing square neck styles for sale. Square-neck searches are up 42% since February on the Depop resale site and 63% quarterly on the Lyst fashion shopping app. Reformation's £ 248 Sigmund dress - which combines a very boleyn neckline with a modern thigh slit - is one of the most sought-after dressesapplication.
In a year while the dramas of the era had a high influence on fashion, with television replacing all other activities social, square necks were ubiquitous. A ravishing emerald green dress with a square neck was a focal point of the plot of the lavish film Portrait of a Lady on Fire, while the Regency square neckline - with her quivering breasts - starred in the hit series. from Netflix Bridgerton.
In the upcoming performance of Boleyn 's Life, which stars Jodie Turner-Smith and airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Channel 5, square necklines are even more prominent. They're worn by all of the female cast members, in eye-catching block colors. "I made the decision not to have any embellishment or embroidery around the neckline, which amplifies the neckline and increases the severity of the cut by one meter.something that really stands out on camera "said series costume designer Lynsey Moore.
Moore, who has been praised for her work on I May Destroy You by Michael Coel , thinks that the composition of Boleyn's most famous portrait is in part the reason why it is still so associated with style, "because this is not a full-length painting, as we have it with Elizabeth I, we literally only see this: the square neckline and the famous initial B necklace ".
She took inspiration from modern catwalks - including jewelry tones from designer Christopher John Rogers, and Prada headbands for stylish reinterpretations of another of Boleyn's favorites, the French hood - as well as tapestries and Paintings by Hans Holbein . " Costumes are not in any way true to history "said Moore, " but the Tudor essence of the silhouette is there, with a modern twist. "
This new vogue for showing off the skin at the cleavage, with collarbones replacing bow-tie blouses and polo collars, feels new after a decade of dressing covered. "Maybe it's a reaction to the soft and indulgent trends in tracksuits and floaty dresses last year, "said fashion PR Daisy Hoppen, an early adopter of the trend, " that we wanted to wear something that made us sit back and stand up straight and hug our bodies more now that we are out and socialize again. "