The Florence Files: Putting on the Layers
Recreating 16th Century Florentine and Tuscan Clothing and Lifestyle
Getting Dressed: Mid 1500's Florence:
This shows the possible layers involved in the process of getting dressed, based on research from LaModa a Firenze, Patterns of Fashion, Dressing Renaissance Florence, Patterns of Fashion, Moda alla Corte dei Medici, portraits and paintings, extant items available, and trial and error.
- the linen camicia (smock)
- calze (stockings/hose),
- Stays (unboned 'corset' for stiffening and/or for warmth.
- Faldia (underskirt)
- Giorgiera (partlet)can be added over the stays.
- Saccoccia (pocket) , worn so it could be accessed
via the side back slit in the sottana skirt., worn over the falda
but under the outmost layer
- The sottana (sometimes as a petticoat/under dress) is worn under the veste or can also be worn as a dress on its own, depending on the fashion of the time.
- The sottana (here worn as overdress) and accessories. In summer this could be worn
without the zimarra. (A veil is usually worn by a woman who is married more
than one year).
- The sottana can also be worn with a giorgiera (partlet) with or without collar (depending on fashion).
- The sottana is sometimes worn as an under dress with a veste (overdress worn over it)
For formal or outdoor/winter dressing, the sleeves, veil and zimarra (loose gown) would be added.
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