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.
Women's Clothing: Sottana
1. This is the extant burial dress of Eleanora d' Toledo, who died in 1562. It can be found in Galleria del Costume. The skirt shape is made by using gussets at the side front and back. It is of white satin with a band of brown cut velvet trim with gold and silver.
2. the "Red Dress of Pisa", 1560 (?), found on a wooden effigy at San Matteo. It is found at the Palazzo Reale di Pisa. (Museum Nazionale). The dress is of red velvet, with gold couched trim. The restoration of the dress is discussed in L'Abito della Granduchessa.
3. This partial Tuscan extant (worn in the home and/or non-noble class) Mid-16th C sottana beloning to a Pisan woman. Palazzo Reale di Pisa. It is made of natural linen and dark green wool weft, with the imbusto lining in natural linen, and the inner hem 'strip' is of blue linen.. The skirt is made of rectangular panels. There is no visible trim, however there is a remnant of lace near the hemline. The weave creates diamond pattens in white on a green background. The waist is not peaked, but gently rounded. (photos 3a,3b taken at the Laboratorio Centre Restauri Tesseli, Pisa during the Florence Costume Colloquium, 2008)
(Photos: © K. Carlisle. An article discussing these dresses will be webbed in the future.)
4.Early 17th century Tuscan dress in cut velvet of bright green. This is just outside my area of interest but is one of the few extant dresses available. Found at Laboratorio Centre Restauri Tesseli and has similar sewing and construction techniques at the other two dresses (2 and 3) from mid 16th century.
Photos taken at the Laboratorio Centre Restauri Tesseli, Pisa during the Florence Costume Colloquium, 2008. (Photo: © K. Carlisle. )
5. Camiciola: Knitted jacket in red and gold silk. (first quarte of 17th C). Museo Stibbert, Florence. There is such items recorded in Eleanora d'Toledo's guardaroba (La Moda a Firenze) and is popular in the second half of the 16thC. This item is discussed more in The History of Knitting.
© K Carlisle. , 2005-2008
(c). K.Carlisle, 2008.