The Elizabethan Ruff

Did people actually wear collars like this, or was it a special accessory to wear while sitting for a portrait? Minnesotastan got curious and researched Elizabethan ruffs. They served a purpose: keeping "ring around the collar" away from the shirt. In the 17th century, the upper classes even had special appliances to iron them. The ruffs were starched, dyed, and propped up before they fell out of fashion. Get the whole story and additional links at TYWKIWDBI. Link

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You know the lampshade/Cone of Shame/e-collar that dogs and cats wear after sustaining an injury and going to the vet, the collar that keeps the animal from chewing the affected area?

The official term for the Cone of Shame is the Elizabethan collar, named after these foolish looking aristocratic get-ups.
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