Files: Extant examples of 16thC Clothing of Florence and Tuscany.
Recreating 16th Century Florentine and Tuscan Clothing and Lifestyle
Compiled by La Signora Onorata Katerina da Brescia.
I have been fortunate to purchase some books and been forwarded other
examples to compile here. Hopefully this will grow, as I access
more pictures I can put up.
Men's Clothing: Capotto/Dutch Cloak
1. This is the conserved Cloak of Don Garzia, found in Moda alla Corte dei Medici
64). It is of (discoloured) black silk damask with pieces being 55.8cm
wide. The pieces do not have the pattern matched. There are two black
velvet guards (cut on the bias) with diagonal slashes (on the straight
grain) and gold edging. The guards vary from 31-38cm wide. The cloak
was originally lined with crimson tafetta. The buttons are worked over
'balls of material'.
2. The doublet of Cosimo I. Moda alla Corte dei Medici
69). The buttons are made of silk worked over a wooden base. The sleeve
is 65.5cm in length (p97). The points have metal aglets.
Doublet and paned hose with codpiece belonging to Don Garzia.The
guibbone (doublet) is made of red silk satin with gold thread. The
trunk hose are of crimson velvet with gold thread decoration. They were
lined with crimson silk, with a linen interining.
The front pieces of the collar are cut separately with the back of the collar cut as part of the main back piece. (Moda alla Corte dei Medici p 49).The sleeves were made from one piece.
The buttons are silk thread worked over a wooden base.
The sleeves were originally lined in linen.
4. Black velvet bonnet with 39 evenly spaced 'dart tucks' around the crown. Moda alla Corte dei Medici (p60).
- Arnold, Janet Patterns of Fashion,
MacMillan, London, 1985. ISBN: 0-333-38284-6
- Moda alla Corte dei Medici, gli albiti restauranti di Cosimo, Eleanora e don Garzia, Firenze : Centro Di, 1993. Description: 107 p. : ISBN:
8870382389 (available via interlibrary loan).
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