Cynthia Shannon
Cynthia Shannon asked Tracy Chevalier:

The Girl with the Pearl Earring is such an iconic image. I think it's the juxtaposition of the delicate earring with very simple clothing. What would you consider the best time period for fashion?

Tracy Chevalier Ha, great question! I think medieval courtly dress is pretty spectacular. Think of the dresses the women wear in the Lady and Unicorn tapestries - or indeed any medieval tapestries. They are beautifully cut - flatter every figure - and use gorgeous fabrics. The men have to wear tights and clodhopper shoes, but fashion is always kinder - or at least more interesting - to women.

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