falling band

falling band

n
(Clothing & Fashion) a man's large flat collar, often lace-trimmed, worn during the 17th century

fall′ing band`


n.
a large flat collar, usu. trimmed with lace, worn by men in the 17th century. Also called fall′ing col`lar.
[1590–1600]
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13 An example of the bawdy quibble on 'falling band' or 'fall', the flat collar for men which became fashionable at the end of the sixteenth century, may be found in Marston, The Malcontent, V.iv.21-2: 'you must wear falling-bands, you must come into the falling fashion'.
Soon after, the viewer arrives at The Islands (1979), 12 luminous canvases in boundless shades of white and faintest blue, variably divided into rising or falling bands, their limpidity and certitude recalling Martin's beloved Bach.
[30] To the gentleman who desires to "wear" Phillis rather than the ruffs and falling bands she sells, Phillis insists upon the firm distinction between her body and her "shop." [31] Successful shopkeeping in early modern England demanded rhetorical skill because shopping was not a passive activity; it was an active, physical engagement between buyer and seller as they bargained over price and quality, each seeking to maximize her or his own interest.