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The woman here is wearing what appears to be a skirt stiffened with a continuous band of bent rope or other stiffening. Detail from Il Libro del Sarto (The Tailor's Handbook), Anonymous, c. 1580

Verdugado or Spanish Farthingale Verdugado were wooden constructed frames worn under gowns to support the gowns and give them full silhouettes.

Gentlewoman's Attire, fromIl Libro del Sarto, referred to in English as "The Tailor's Book" or "The Milanese Tailor's Handbook" It was in actuality written by at least three people through the course of the 1570s, and compiled and bound into book form in the 1580s. It now resides in the Querini-Stampalia Library in Venice.

Gentlewoman's Attire, "The Milanese Tailor's Handbook" in the Querini-Stampalia Library in Venice.

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I have entered the Realm of Venus Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge again!

Ties for a brustfleck. The secret book of honours of the fugger family, Jorg Breu and Clemes Jager c1545  photo by A.Hartl

Ties for a Brustfleck [Breast Band] shown at sideShows essentially a red stomacher with lacing across under BrustfleckThe secret book of honours of the fugger family, Jorg Breu and Clemes Jager photo by A.

ca. 1568 Lady in a black dress with embroidered sleeves, partlet, and cap by Master of the Countess of Warwick(auctioned by Christie's) Wm

Portrait of a Lady in a black dress with embroidered sleeves, partlet, and cap. By the Master of the Countess of Warwick, circa 1568 (Auctioned by Christie's).

"femmes de strabourch et d'alentour" Women of Strasbourg and surrounding.  Located in France but right on the border to Germany and historically a German speaking city. D'Heere, Lucas. 1575, page 31 http://adore.ugent.be/OpenURL/app?id=archive.ugent.be:1EEACAD8-B1E8-11DF-966C-0D0679F64438&type=carousel

"femmes de strabourch et d'alentour" Women of Strasbourg and surrounding. Located in France but right on the border to Germany and historically a German speaking city. D'Heere, Lucas. 1575, page 31 http://adore.ugent.be/OpenURL/app?id=archive.ugent.be:1EEACAD8-B1E8-11DF-966C-0D0679F64438&type=carousel

Bernardo Poccetti The visit of Cosimo 2nd de Medici in the foundling hospital - Detail

Bernardo Poccetti ~ The visit of Cosimo II de' Medici in the foundling hospital (detail) ~ Bernardino Poccetti, also known as Barbatelli, was an Italian Mannerist painter and printmaker of etchings.

"""1587 - church brass of John and Susan Selwyn, Walton-on-Thames""" interesting hat on her, looks more like a 19th century riding hat that any of the other hats I've seen from this time period - very interesting!

1587 - drawing from a brass of John and Susan Selwyn, from Walton-on Thames church. Her loose gown might be a frock or gabardine. He wears a loose coat or cassock.

Portuguese Women. Codice Madrazo-Daza. 1631-1634.

National Library of Spain. Some of the first high heels to keep hems out of the muck.

Renaissance ~ Newly Married Venetian Noblewoman

Silk Veil - Newly Wed Venetian woman 1581 [from Habitus Varium Orbis Gentium] Jean-Jaques Boissard Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Medieval pouch

"from a copy of Le Roman de la Rose (Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS…

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