Holland, as a center of textile production, was a particularly noted area of innovation in dress fashion during the 17th Century. Inn Spain and Portugal, women wore stomachers while in England and France, dresses became more "naturally" shaped.Lace and slashing were popular decorations. Skirts were full, with regular folds and the overskirt allowed the display of an underskirt of contrasting fabric. Necklines became lower as well. Embroidery that reflected scientific discoveries, such as newly discovered animals and plants were popular. In the British Colonies, multi-piece dresses were also popular, though less luxurious. Wealthy women living in the Spanish or Dutch colonies in the Americas copied the fashions that were popular from their homelands.
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