Brides Before Their Wedding in Our Time
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Forthcoming in Cesare
Vecellio's "Clothing, Ancient and Modern, of Various
Parts of the World", translated by Ann Rosalind Jones
and Margaret F.
Rosenthal, forthcoming from Thames and Hudson, London, in
Autumn 2008. Copyright
Ann Rosalind Jones and Margaret F. Rosenthal
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1. Brides Before Their
Wedding in Our Time
"Some time back a custom
began among the brides of Venice that before they receive
wedding rings and only visits have passed between the bride
and groom, on one day they are visited by their male friends
and relatives and on another day by the women, and then,
carefully chaperoned, they go out to enjoy themselves. At this
time they wear a fazzuolo [piece of cloth, [head
covering] called a cappa, of black silk that is very
thin and covers their face but not their breast, and even
though it is not very thick, it still does not allow their
covered faces even to be imagined. On this occasion they are
richly adorned with pearls and gold, wearing far more of these
ornaments than they did before they exchanged wedding vows.
And since this veil covers their face, they wear a bodice and
sleeves of colored fabric, most often of white silk, with the
opening widely laced crosswise with a silk cord, as seen in
this portrait. This opening [stomacher] used to be of gold and
decorated with needlework, but now it is plain and without any
other trim. They wear perfumed full-length gloves in winter;
in the summer their gloves go only halfway down their fingers.
They wear necklaces and other ornaments and jewels. They wear
a jeweled, floor-length gold belt, and the rest of their gown
is black, with a long train."
Rosalind Jones and Margaret F Rosenthal.
On to 2 and 3: Brides at Their Wedding and
Brides Outside the House after They are Married