Elizabethan period costume - corseted elizabethan-shaped bodice constructed in an elaborate brocade, embellished with further beading and faux fur. The main skirt was in a deep cream silk, opening at the front to show a brocade panel, enhanced with pearls.
Although the vast majority of the body was covered it was permissible for dresses to have plunging necklines. A necklace was often worn which drew even more attention to a woman's breasts. The necks and cuffs of gowns were decorated with silk or linen ruffs. The hair was often worn loose as a symbol of purity.
Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth. The costumes in this film were stunning, and I was always impressed with the makeup as well (most films set in that era will cake the actress' faces in an inch of white goth makeup, which is probably inaccurate).