The Ninth Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

April 1 to July 31, 2019


April Maybee
Indiana, USA

I am studying for an MFA in ‘real life’ and an experienced costumer by avocation. I look forward to doing the IRCC this summer while on a break from my studies. It will be wonderful to relax and sew! While I am an experienced costumer, for this competition I am trying a period which is entirely new to me, the early 1500’s, and I hope learn many new things.

I will be making an outfit based on the one worn by the figure of Profane Love in Tiziano Vecellio’s (Titian’s) painting Sacred and Profane Love, dated 1514. (See detail, right).

Layer 1: A camicia with a rounded neckline held by an embroidered band and closed at the front by a small tie threaded through two eyelets. The sleeves will be open at the bottom.
Layer 2: An under-dress with full upper sleeves pleated and sewn into a close sleeve on the forearm.

Layer 3: An over-dress with full sleeves left open at the bottom.
Layer 4: I plan to make the following accessories: gloves, a belt, a wreath, shoes.

I may also make an additional layer 3 item, if time allows: a loose gown called a mongile, based on information found here.

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