These images are from the book The Embroiderer's Flowers by Thomasina Beck. They bring to mind the paintings of Julie Heffernan - especially the last pic of the dress. You could hide an army under that skirt! But just look at the embroidery in these pieces (click to see details...)
I'm sure it took an army to do that work!! Fantastic.
An anonymous portrait of Elizabeth Vernon, Coutess of Southhampton, c1600.
An anonymous portrait of a lady of the Hamden family.
An anonymous portrait of a young man c1590, wearing a blackwork doublet veiled over the sleeves with transparent gauze.
Gown in the rococo style (1744).