Sumary of Hip to be square: Anne Boleyn’s neckline inspires catwalks:
- In the best-known portrait purported to be of Anne Boleyn, a square neckline frames her long, slender neck, foreshadowing her grisly date with the executioner at the Tower of London in 1536..
- She is often depicted wearing a low square neckline, a French-influenced style that came to dominate Tudor dress..
- Now, as a new dramatisation of Boleyn life comes to TV, the square neckline associated with Henry VIII ill-fated second wife is having a fashion renaissance – 500 years on, it once again hip to be square..
- Digital Image Library/Alamy Tudor-style square necks have appeared on the catwalks of Bottega Veneta, Ganni, Molly Goddard, Shrimps and Rejina Pyo, often used by designers as a counterpoint to ruffled sleeves and voluminous dresses..
- In a year in which period dramas have had an elevated fashion influence, with TV replacing all other social activities, square necks have been omnipresent..
- A ravishing emerald green dress with a square neck was a central plot point of the sumptuous film Portrait of a Lady on Fire, while the square Regency neckline – with its attendant quivering bosoms – played a starring role in Netflix smash hit show Bridgerton….