Extant Clothing

Funeral Dress of Eleonora de Toledo, 1562

1. "Funeral dress of Eleonora of Toledo, 1562, Florence, Galleria del Costume.

A complex restoration, performed over many years, has enabled the reconstruction of the shape of the petticoat in which Eleonora was buried. In view of the fragility and fragmentary nature of the pieces, it was not possible to reassemble the garment in a three dimensional form. The back sections of the skirt were cut longer to create the train. Triangular inserts at the sides were used to create the conical form typical of these years."

2. "The double lacing of the bodice at the two sides was performed using a single lace on each side. This was fixed with a knot to the uppermost eyelet, and was then laced through alternate eyelets on each side. The Duchess was clearly dressed hurriedly after her death: the lace made of silk ribbon was not passed through all the eyelets."

Moda a Firenze 1540 - 1580, Roberta Orsi Landini and Bruna Niccoli, Edizioni Polistampa, Florence, 2005


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