IRCC 8

The Eighth Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge


April 1 to July 31, 2018


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Amie Sparrow
Virginia, USA

I’ve been sewing for decades but I’ve only been into serious historic costuming for about 15 years. I’ve never tried to make an Italian garment before. My area of expertise is early 16th century German, which is completely different.

My outfit is going to be based on a Francesco Salviati portrait in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. dated 1555.

The undergarment will be a camicia from handkerchief weight linen. The pink silk taffeta gamurra will be very similar to Elanora di Toledo’s burial dress. The zimarra will be olive green cross woven silk taffeta. The accessories will be a jeweled hairnet, a necklace, a pair of earrings and a gold chain with a pendant.





















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