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Special Presentation -  The Clothing of the Renaissance World: Cesare Vecellio's Costume Book
An exclusive sneak peak at the translations of Vecellio's descriptions of costume and customs from the book by Ann Rosalind Jones and Margaret F Rosenthal

What's in the works?

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On Italian Underwear and Accessories ->
The Venetian Shift/ Camicia
The Camicia in Venetian Portraits
The 'Pair of Bodies'/Corset - Busto
Drawers - Brache or Calze
The Venetian 'Falling' Ruff

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On Italian Outerwear ->
Analysing the Carpaccio Era (1490 - 1509)
Analysing the Palma Vecchio and Early Titian Era (1510-1540)

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On Italian Textiles ->
Sixteenth Century Fibres and Fabrics
A Little About the Fibres Used For Clothing In Venice
A Few Fabric Types Found in the Sixteenth Century
Fabric Names and Basics of their Fibre Content and Weaving
A Glossary of Fabrics in Sixteenth Century Italian
Transcribed from Florio's 1598 "Worlde of Wordes"- an Italian/English Dictionary
A Glossary of Colours in Sixteenth Century Italian
Transcribed from Florio's 1598 "Worlde of Wordes" - an Italian/English Dictionary
The Use of Figured Fabrics
Sixteenth Century Designs and Motifs
Fabric Bibliography

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On Constructing Late Italian Ren. Clothing ->
Modern Fabric Substitutes For Period Fabrics
What types of fabrics to buy for camicia, linings, gown etc
Preparing the Fabric
A brief guide to what to do to your fabric before you cut - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Constructing the Clothes - An Introduction
Using period cut and method to obtain that period look
How To Sew A Venetian Camicia
(Detailed)   Download PDF version
Neckline Finishes for the Venetian Camicia
(Detailed)    Download PDF version
Ribbon-Tied Dress
(Basic Instructions)
My First Venetian Ensemble
(Basic Instructions)

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On Other Italian Costume Articles/Resources ->
Florio's Words for Costumers, 1598: A Glossary of Sixteenth Century Italian Words Relating to Costume
A transcription project featuring words related to male and female dress, accessories, cosmetics,
beauty, jewellery, hair and headwear, textiles, and the sewing and embellishing of garments, begun October 2003, finished December 12 2004. It was transcribed from Florio's Worlde of Wordes of 1598.
SCA Rapier Garb: From Fighting to Feasting
A paper written for Innilgard Winter Collegium June 2003. This paper is hosted at the Lochac Royal Guild of Defence website.  Click here to view  or click here to download pdf file. (Left click to view, or right click>'save target as' to save without viewing. 16pages, 1.068Mb)

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On Accessories -> Bedecked and Bejewelled: Fashions in Jewellery Coming Soon
The Painted Woman: Cosmetics for Courtesans and Courtly Ladies Coming Soon
Idle Hands: Handkerchiefs and Gloves Coming Soon
Feathers and Flags: The Fashionable Venetian Fan Coming Soon
The Finishing Touch: Ways to Adorn Your Waist Coming Soon
Winter In Venice: Accessories for Cold Weather Coming Soon
Walking a Fine Line: Footwear With Attitude Coming Soon
For the Sun: The Parasol Coming Soon




 

 


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