The Eighth Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

April 1 to July 31, 2018


Tatiana Kaish
Moscow, Russia

My name is Tatiana Kaish. I'm from the Moscow region of Russia. I've been doing the reconstruction for about three years. This will be the second experience of tailoring the gown in the style of the Italian Renaissance.

For the competition, I chose a suit from the portrait of Isabella of Portugal by Titian. Since a similar dress is depicted in the portrait of Joanna of Aragon by Rafaelo Santi, I suppose that Isabella is wearing an Italian gown.
Also, Janet Arnold wrote in her book "Patterns of Fashion 1560-1620":
"Isabella of Portugal, wife of Emperor Charles V, wearing a gown similar in style to that worn by Eleonora of Toledo in her grave in 1562 except that the skirt opens at the front to reveal a forepart."
My costume will consist of:
1.A camicia and a bodice (worn by Eleanora of Toledo)
2. An under-skirt and a top skirt
3. Velvet gown with a sleeves
4. A girdle and head gear
All the necessary fabrics and accessories for creating a costume, I have already purchased. I will use machine embroidery with metallic threads and decorate with a cord and beads.