IRCC 9

The Ninth Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge


April 1 to July 31, 2019


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Helena Frei
Ontario, Canada


I am an artist, independent curator, writer and textile enthusiast. When not up to my ears in matters of art and textile, I'm a mother, grandmother, community activist, gardener, historical recreationist and science fiction fan.

As I have attempted less than three late Italian Renaissance outfits prior to this challenge I am a novice in Italian Renaissance costume. The outfit I propose to make is what a lady might wear in a domestic, rather than social or court setting.

I plan to make: : a camicia; an underskirt; a gown based on the extant diamond twill half-gown held in Pisa; a pocket; a headdress or cap.

Depending on how things go, I may add one or two of the following: an apron, belt, a pearl necklace with matching earrings, a vest or short cape.





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