Ca. 1470-1500 – Modern reproductions

There’s a lot of talk in historical sewing about the 1480s in Northern Italy, which I was not expecting, especially so specifically.  It’s more specific than that: 1480s-90s women’s costumes are often specifically Florentine fashions (which are quite similar to the examples in the previous post).  I think this is maybe because this region and period is particularly rich for portraiture– this is the time of Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, da Vinci, and Raphael, among others.  Ghirlandaio in particular is mentioned a lot in discussions of dress planning; his frescoes have detailed full-length depictions, which are relatively rare in more traditional portraiture.

Here are some especially nice (and well-documented) examples of modern reenactors working in this period:

1480s Florentine Gown, Jeanne Clifton

Every detail, down to hand-woven lacing cord.  More photos and a sort of dress diary can also be seen at her page for the Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge competition:

Festive Attyre’s 1480s Florentine Gown

Particularly excellent for discussion of construction and material choices with side by side comparisons.

CostumingDiary’s 1490 gamurra with apron

Lots of in-process mid-construction photos of a more average-complexity project.

“Yet another 1480s Florentine dress”

This was her third go at the gamurra, and all three are described on her blog, making it possible to learn from her learning experiences.

These two are a bit later than the others, toward the end of what’s useful to my project, but variations on the same style.  I discovered Anea’s website through a link to her galleries of Italian portraits grouped by region and ordered by date, which is both extremely cool and extremely useful.  Here is the page for Caterina Sforza’s region– you can see her in the Bologne section; if you mouse over each image, the dates are usually in the filenames.

1505 gown from Raphael’s portrait of a girl holding a unicorn
1506 Raphael portrait gown
Ca. 1470-1500 – Modern reproductions

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