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What would Lady Macbeth be without something extravagant in which to sweep on stage or Hamlet without a silk doublet and padded hose?The most extreme ruffs were over a foot or more wide and needed a wire frame to hold the frills in position around the neck.Among the most spectacular is a gold-coloured Elizabethan gown designed by French fashion designer Thierry Mugler for a 1985 production of "Macbeth" at the Avignon Festival.One of three Lady Macbeth costumes in the exhibition, Mugler's signature exaggerated proportions and sculptural style are given full rein in its huge box-like skirt and sleeves shaped like wings.According to historians, the Elizabethans' love of luxury was partly due to an expanding merchant class which used clothes to signal their new wealth and status.Tiramani, who earlier this month won the 2014 Tony award for her costumes for the Globe's "Twelfth Night", said the laws had limited effect.
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