The Tenth Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

April 1 2020 to January 31 2021


Mandy Goltz
Colorado, USA

In the Society for Creative Anachronism I am known as Cecilia Caterina da Firenze. I have been interested in late period costuming since I joined the Society and began learning to sew in 2003. I am a self-taught seamstress and I am currently working on creating more historically accurate garments in their construction and embellishment. Over the last four years, I have done several pieces in the Venetian and Florentine styles.

For this challenge I will be drawing on the overall style of the Portrait of Selvaggia di Baldo Fieravanti from Florence, by Niccolò di Giovanni Betti from approximately 1570. I will also be drawing on several portraits and extant pieces for the different parts of the completed outfit to make something that is entirely my own.

My planned pieces will include a new linen camicia that will hopefully be embroidered, a silk brocade sottana with sleeves, and a cotton velvet zimarra or overgown. For the accessories, I will be working on a partlet with attached ruffles, a pair of drawers with embroidery, linen stockings with embroidery, a pair of card-woven garters, a pair of shoes, a muff and a shoulder cape as I plan to wear this for a winter court event next winter. Time dependent accessories may include new jewelry and girdle belt, and a new hair net.