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Welcome to the Realm of Venus, a site about the clothing and accessories of the men and women of late Renaissance Italy, with a focus on sixteenth century Venice.

 Whether you are a costumer in the SCA, theatre, film, or Renaissance Fairs, or if you are simply a lover of art or historical fashion, I hope you'll find inspiration on these pages.

Anabella Simoes 
(Known in the SCA as Donna (Lady)  Bella Lucia da Verona)
Adelaide, South Australia

"Beautiful site... Very inspirational. I point people toward it all the time." 
Drea Leed, The Elizabethan Costuming Page. Quoted with permission.

Throughout these pages, wherever you see this  it indicates that I have added something new or updated my information.

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On this site:

  • If you are looking for late 15th and 16th century portraits and other costume images take a look in the Wardrobe.

  • For articles on my research and theory on how the clothes were constructed, accessorized and worn, as well as future articles by guest authors, take a browse through the Library.

  • For a look at the extant garments, shoes, accessories, textiles and laces, etc, please take a look in the Workbox.

  • Other costumers share their Italian creations at the Italian Showcase 

On my home page:

  • I spend more time webbing other people's creations than making my own, but if you're interested see my  Dress Diary.

  • Want to look at some of the costume I've made for myself? Check out My Garb Gallery page.

  • Curious as to who I am and what I do? Find out more About Me.


If you have any questions, suggestions, or other constructive input, please email me.

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2001 - 2018 Anabella Wake (Known in the SCA as Bella Lucia da Verona) I hold copyright on all information on these pages, and on all images of clothing/costume that I have made. You are allowed to make one facsimile copy for your own use provided that this notice is included on each page. Please ask permission to copy, disseminate and/or distribute my work - I would like to know when and how you are finding this information of use.